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RE: Looking for a 2.5" receiver hitch

Receiver or draw bar (also known as : shank) ? Agree with RangerSmith... exactly right - a hitch is the thing bolted/welded to the frame. My bad. I was referring to the shank
mrad 04/02/21 02:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking for a 2.5" receiver hitch

Grit dog, Is this the hitch you have? https://www.amazon.com/Flash-2-5-shank-Chromed-Balls/dp/B073Q3LJNN/ref=sr_1_6?crid=2FR8MPIMIX88W&dchild=1&keywords=fastway+adjustable+hitch&qid=1617328387&s=automotive&sprefix=fastway%2Cautomotive%2C207&sr=1-6 I don't think I will ever be towing over 12,000 if that with the hitch. Mostly a 4,000lb boat
mrad 04/01/21 07:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking for a 2.5" receiver hitch

I just purchased from Fastway Trailer, a Flash E series adjustable ball mount, 2.5" shank aluminum drop hitch, with 2"-2 5/6" flip over ball. Was right at $200. I think it was about $225 plus a 10% discount code. 1800/18000lb hitch. Was the best price I could find for 2.5" shank adjustable quality drop hitch. All the other quality steel and aluminum ones were about 1/3 more in price. This one was about $50 more than the cheapo aluminum ones. Can't comment on longevity, but it appears to be quality. Ironic. I went to Costco after writing this post. The truck next to me had the exact same hitch! I took pictures of it so I could look it up when I got home
mrad 04/01/21 07:01pm Tow Vehicles
Looking for a 2.5" receiver hitch

I'm looking for some suggestions for a 2.5" adjustable receiver hitch. The ones I am finding are all north of $200 unless they have poor reviews (slop in them). I would also prefer one that is easily adjustable using pins and cotter keys versus nut and bolt to adjust the height. Any suggestions?
mrad 04/01/21 02:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need new tires

The side of the tire will have a date code on it, so no need to guess at age...but most likely they are the original tires, so 6-7yrs old. Yes, that's time to be looking at new tires. When you calculated the load ratings, did you do it based on the GVWR or the GVWR minus the hitch weight. It's fine if you want to upgrade the tires but if you have excess capacity, that's should be fine. I did not calculate the pin weight. That completely slipped my mind. If I subtract the 3,400lb of hitch weight, I guess I have plenty of capacity left on each of the E-rated tires.
mrad 03/31/21 03:58pm Toy Haulers
RE: Need new tires

In October of 2020, WE bought our first 5th wheel, a 2015 Heartland cyclone 4150. From what we can tell, it was left on a seasonal site since 2016. I am thinking the tires are original, and although they look almost new, I am planning on replacing them as it sounds like dry rot is a problem when a tire gets this old. The tires that are on it are E-rated. This is a triple axle coach with a 20,000 lb GVWR. When I did the math with the tire weight capacity that was listed on the tire, there was only 540 lbs left if the TH was fully loaded (which I doubt I will ever come close too). Does this seem odd that the TH would have come with these tires from the factory? I am thinking I need to put "G" rated tires on it when I replace these. My local small town tire shop recommended: "G" rated not only for the extra capacity but also said they have never seen a "G" rated tire shred on a 5th wheel. The price is about $210 per tire vs. $170 for the E rated. I have no problem spending the extra money, but just wanted opinions from those who have been doing this longer than I have Buy the “G” rated tires!!!! Then buy the Good Sam Emergency roadside service plan for break downs and changing tires?????? I have the AAA RV coverage that would pay for the tire change. I don't remember the brand my local guy recommended a it was back in November that he quoted me, but I know he is a "Buy american guy" so I am assuming it is an american made tire
mrad 03/29/21 10:01pm Toy Haulers
Need new tires

In October of 2020, WE bought our first 5th wheel, a 2015 Heartland cyclone 4150. From what we can tell, it was left on a seasonal site since 2016. I am thinking the tires are original, and although they look almost new, I am planning on replacing them as it sounds like dry rot is a problem when a tire gets this old. The tires that are on it are E-rated. This is a triple axle coach with a 20,000 lb GVWR. When I did the math with the tire weight capacity that was listed on the tire, there was only 540 lbs left if the TH was fully loaded (which I doubt I will ever come close too). Does this seem odd that the TH would have come with these tires from the factory? I am thinking I need to put "G" rated tires on it when I replace these. My local small town tire shop recommended: "G" rated not only for the extra capacity but also said they have never seen a "G" rated tire shred on a 5th wheel. The price is about $210 per tire vs. $170 for the E rated. I have no problem spending the extra money, but just wanted opinions from those who have been doing this longer than I have
mrad 03/29/21 07:36pm Toy Haulers
RE: Which E rated ties have the most weight capacity?

To the OP...careful shopping for the same sized tire with the highest load rating. As some stores will only show you what they sell. Even though another brand might have a higher rating. Do your research and make sure your wheels are also rated for MORE than the tire’s rating (personal preference), as the tire has more compliance than metal wheel will have. BUT, none of this would be confusing if the OP did a little research on tires. They would presumably understand the conventions relatively easily. This is where my confusion started. I was looking online at different tires. My 275 70R 18 firestone tranforce state 3640# at 80 psi on the tire. The ratings I would see online all listed around 3200. I figured they must be using a generic number.
mrad 03/29/21 07:02pm Tow Vehicles
Which E rated ties have the most weight capacity?

I will need to be replacing the tires on my 1 ton. I have noticed there is a bit of a difference in tire weight capacity ratings. I currently have Firestone Transforce that has 3680 lbs per tire. While looking at other tires, I have noticed some have as little as 3200 lbs per tire. Just curious if there is a tire that has a higher rating than the 3680 lbs??
mrad 03/27/21 09:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: need some help

now it's down to about 2 minutes of run time. I hive it sitting by the heater hoping that helps. Ill check the cap vent. it runs great at start up, then quits
mrad 02/12/21 08:46am Tech Issues
need some help

hey guys, Im out in my fish house in -25 temps. my ryobi generator runs for 10 minutes,then quits. any idea whats causing this ? I have 91 non-ox fuel in it. It starts right up when i pull the cord, but then stops running in 5-10 minutes?
mrad 02/12/21 08:20am Tech Issues
Looking for ideas on hauling bicycles in toy hauler

I am looking for suggestions on how to haul two mountain bikes in our toy hauler without laying them down. I'm in MN, so I have a cou0lle of months before we take the unit out of storage, but would like to have a plan when we do
mrad 01/29/21 06:30pm Toy Haulers
Hooking up trickle charger to golf cart batteries

how should I hook up a trickle charger to two golf cart batteries hooked up for 12 volts in my RV during storage? Positive to Negative on opposite batteries?
mrad 11/25/20 11:08am Tech Issues
RE: Question on winter storage and Onan 5500

I don't know what non-oxygenated gas is, but if it contains ethanol then that is the problem. Ethanol breaks down into water and really can gum up the carb. It is better to have used 100% gas in the generator before shutting it down for the season. Best yet to run the carb dry (out of gas) before storage. That is what people do with small engines all the time. Regular 100% gas will gum up the carb also after a month or two. The non-oxygenated gas I use states that it is ethanol free.
mrad 11/01/20 10:31am Tech Issues
Question on winter storage and Onan 5500

This will be my first year storing a 5th wheel with an onboard generator. If I am running 91 non-oxygenated fuel and add some seafoam to it, should the generator still be exercised every couple of weeks? We are storing the RV about an hour away and it would be a bit difficult to make this happen unless the storage owner would be willing to start it.
mrad 11/01/20 09:55am Tech Issues
RE: Humming sound in 5th wheel??

If you are rigged for a generator then I would suspect the ATF(auto transfer switch). I am rigged for and do have an Onan 5500. I just tried turning both battery switches off and the humming sound was still there.
mrad 10/22/20 04:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Humming sound in 5th wheel??

I know it's not the water pump. I wondered if it could be the converter (Xantrex Pro XM1000). But even now sitting in my driveway, closed up and winterized, but still hooked to shore power, I am hearing the noise. Would this be normal? The residential fridge is still on.
mrad 10/22/20 10:53am Tech Issues
Humming sound in 5th wheel??

Last week we picked up our 2015 5h wheel from a dealer. They took us through a walkthrough and explained how things work. We left the dealership and headed straight for a campground. The next morning when it was quiet, we noticed a humming noise. We cannot figure out where the sound is coming from. We did not notice it during the walkthrough, but that could have been because of the noise. The fireplace sits towards the front right by where the steps are to walk up to the bedroom. We can hear the sound in the 5th wheel as well as in the pass-through storage. Any ideas on what could be causing this? We never noticed this sound on our TT. This coach does have a residential fridge that sits farther back in the living space, but the sound is not coming from the fridge.
mrad 10/22/20 09:47am Tech Issues
RE: Chip a v10

I don't have any experience with a chip, but when we upgraded our TT in 2013, I bought a tune from 5-star tuning for my V10 Ford Excursion with 4.30 gearing. The new TT had a dry weight of 8,200. The tune made a night and day difference. It changed the shift pattern and towing mileage actually increased a bit. We towed through Colorados mountains. I could hold 54-55 on the steepest inclines with a combined CAT scale weight of 18,000lbs
mrad 10/20/20 12:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Need help on winterizing RV with residential fridge

I searched for "winterize lg fridge with ice maker" found this: Winterized my unit today couldn't find any info on line (web) on how to winterize an ice maker. Called my local dealer they stated to disconnect the infeed line and drain it. This would be fine for the water up to the valve located in the rear of the unit, after the valve and up to the ice maker would still be full of water which would result in freeze damage. So I called LG that was a joke, got 2 different techs not from the US they stated to do the same thing as my local dealer stated to do drain the line and if I wanted to go further to pull the refrigerator out drain the valve and the lines by disconnecting all lines from the valve unit. I figured this out before I talked with them, not so easy to do. To make a long story short I removed the ice tray and lower tray out of the freezer it's a French door with bottom freezer. I then took a mirror and found a test button near the front of the ice maker about 1/2" from the front on the underside, pushed it and out came the antifreeze, its a button that opens the valve for a cycle, only took 2 cycles and it was winterized. I'll do the same to dewinterized next spring a few cycles and the antifreeze will be gone. Taken from here: link Thanks, this is just what I am looking for.
mrad 10/19/20 01:32pm Tech Issues
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