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RE: Theoretical heights.

Well, let's confuse the matter a bit more for the math challenged... 13.5 feet = 13 feet-6 inches = 4.1148 meters = 411.48 centimeters. In either case, over this height does require an over height permit for travel. There are also legal limits, for width, length and weight before you will be required to have a travel permit and sometimes an escort service. Enjoy the day folks. Ken The threshold for needing an oversize load permit depends on the state you are in. Only looking at the height allowed. There are quite a few that allow 14ft and a couple that allow more, without a permit. Looks like Alaska allows 15ft.
msmith1.wa 05/15/22 11:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Theoretical heights.

Some reading material regarding vertical clearance and max vehicle height. FHWA vertical clearance RVIA Heavyhaul.net
msmith1.wa 05/14/22 09:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: stuck dump valve

I replaceded the braided cables on mine with these last year after one broke. These are a thin single piece similar to an electritian's fish tape. cable
msmith1.wa 05/03/22 06:14pm Tech Issues
RE: Four (4) Row Radiators? Gimmick or Blessing?

It depends on several things to determine which is better. If the tubes on the two row are wider than the 4 it might cool better. Then there is the fin count and row spacing. Aluminum vs brass makes a difference also. radiator row choice
msmith1.wa 04/27/22 05:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Brakes, dilemma.

I agree with what JRscooby has been saying. With one brake not working the controller would need to be set to a higher level and then cause the brakes that do work to wear more quickly. There were a couple others on this same track, but the rest of you are making this more complicated than it is. The OP needs to figure out why that one magnet is not working. Whether it be a bad magnet or a wiring issue.
msmith1.wa 03/04/22 05:16pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Brakes, dilemma.

The instructions for Prodigy break controllers have a warning that pulling the pin when plugged in may destroy the controller.
msmith1.wa 03/03/22 07:35pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Brakes, dilemma.

I just had to have all new brakes put on my trailer at about 13K miles. 3 of the 4 were metal to metal. Usually run the controller 5/6. Has anyone heard of a brake test using a compass? It says with the brakeaway pin in (no voltage to electromagnets) put a compass up to the hubs. Compass should point north. Pull the pin and compass should point to the brakes. Well, With the pin in, I have 3 that the compass is pointing to the brakes! For the heck of it, I ordered a new breakaway switch. What else could possibly be an issue? Based on your description three appear to work properly and one is not. I don't think the problem is the break away switch because three work. For some reason one magnet is not working. Either the magnet is bad or there is a bad connection in the wires. The compass is just detecting the magnetic field created when the breaks are applied. Sometimes a hum can be heard from the magnets.
msmith1.wa 03/03/22 07:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Doing without propane

I didn't see any one suggest an extend a stay, or stay longer kit. Stay Longer It will allow you to connect a propane bottle to the motorhome system.
msmith1.wa 02/27/22 05:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: Rant - getting someone to work on a Class C motorhome

I do most of my own vehicle repairs so I don't use shops much. I have not used this shop either, but work down the street from them and they have motorhomes in their lot all the time. They also have the service contract for one of the area laundry services. Automotive Specialties
msmith1.wa 02/15/22 09:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Axle-less trailer suspension: pros and cons?

More options are available. "Specs: Fits: 1-axle and 2-axle trailers that use low-pressure, off-road tires." How many of our trailers would this apply to?
msmith1.wa 02/04/22 08:33pm Tech Issues
RE: More efficient propane furnace

Here is one Not always from heaters either. There is NOTHING in your article that cites an example of someone being killed by CO from a catalytic heater in an RV. Millions of people own and use RVs. You'd think that if CO deaths from catalytic heaters in RVs were a problem, there would be a least a few news stories about it. Where are those news stories? There is this thing called Google use for yourself and don't expect other's to do it for you.
msmith1.wa 01/08/22 08:09pm Tech Issues
RE: More efficient propane furnace

And you are willing to apply for a Darwin Award on the basis of a 25 cent sensor? No Thanks! When is the last time the sensor was tested? Let me guess: You're one of those people who wears 3 face masks while driving alone... Typically, the CO sensor self-tests itself - and the detector also has a manual test button. Most models have a running time counter that disables the detector and sounds an alarm after enough hours have accumulated to degrade sensor accuracy. If it's really that much of concern to you, install two CO detectors - or three, just to be extra, extra-sure. They're dirt-cheap, and readily available. You'd think that if there was a significant danger associated with catalytic heaters, there would be at least one published news story about some hapless RVer being killed by one. They've been sold for many decades. Camco sells a boatload of them. Where are all the stories about death and carnage? Here is one Not always from heaters either.
msmith1.wa 01/08/22 06:24pm Tech Issues
RE: I Winterized ............. but then this happened.

You don't have to worry about it freezing if ther isn't any water in it.
msmith1.wa 12/28/21 06:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: back to gas v diesel

That's sort of a flawed perspective. Businesses that need a diesel will buy a diesel. All the hot shotters are using diesels. You do not see guys who criss cross the country in pick ups hauling goods using gas powered trucks. Yes guys doing local business may use gas trucks, but in general those trucks are carrying smaller loads and not traveling as far. AS aresult the diesel advantage is less important vs. those that need to maximise performance from thier vehicles Very, very few hot-shotters are fleets. As I said: "Modern diesels are desired for performance, not lower lifetime cost" So nothing contradicts - hot shotting requires performance. Any business that DOESN'T need the performance of diesels are buying a gas. If diesels are cheaper over the lifetime they'd all buy diesel (like they did in the 90s early 2000s) The ball hitch tow rating for these trucks is 12000, for a fifth wheel they were rated around 15000. the exact rating depending on the trucks configuration.
msmith1.wa 12/23/21 11:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: back to gas v diesel

I'll have to try driving a new diesel. When I got my 8.1 in 2003, I drove a duramax to compare and was most underwhelmed. So not worth the $$$. But that was then & this is now & things have changed big time. You should because things have changed a lot just like you said. Back when you bought your big block it had 340 HP and the diesel had only 300 HP. 40 HP is a big difference and couple that with the instant HP feel that the gas engine gives is going to be a lot. Nothing wrong with kicking tires. I'm curious how heavy of a trailer you towed with your 8.1 and what kind of mileage you got while towing? I also have an 03 8.1. It is in a Silverado. My toy hauler is a little under 10,000 lbs empty and has a gross rating of 12,900 lbs. and I am close to the max if I fill the water tanks and have all of the atv's. I get about 6mpg towing this trailer. It is very tall for a bumper hitch rig at about 13' high per the brochure. Well 6 mpg, compared to 10 to 12 mpg pulling the same load, that is as much as 100% better fuel mileage. So 1,000 miles of towing, at 6 mpg would be 166.7 gallons, at 12 mpg would be 83.3 gallons. then at $3.50 per gallon 166.7 gallons would be $583.45, at 12 mpg $291.55 difference of $291.90 now the $10,000 of difference in cost for a diesel. $10,000 divided by 291.90 equals 34.25, or break even in 34,250 miles of towing. On a side note Msmith1.wa, states Tacoma, Wa. as home so those fuel prices are true, gas and diesel in the PNW have been neck and neck for the last several years. I bought the truck new. At the time based on the available mpg of the dmax and the 8.1 and the price difference of the two fuels, diesel was about 10 cents less than gas. I estimated it was going to take 100,000 miles to make up the cost of buying a dmax over the 8.1. These were not towing mpg numbers. And there were many years in that time frame diesel was more expensive. I only drive this truck when I need to do things a car can't because of this it only has about 73,000 miles on it. My previous trailer was smaller, lighter, by about 3000lbs, and had less frontal area towing that one I got 9 to 10 mpg. I didn't include this in my first post, but I am sure I would get better mileage if the truck wasn't lifted with 35 inch tires. Also I haven't had a truck payment since 2008 and it was a 0.0% loan. I can buy a lot fuel for the price of a new truck.
msmith1.wa 12/23/21 11:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: back to gas v diesel

I'll have to try driving a new diesel. When I got my 8.1 in 2003, I drove a duramax to compare and was most underwhelmed. So not worth the $$$. But that was then & this is now & things have changed big time. You should because things have changed a lot just like you said. Back when you bought your big block it had 340 HP and the diesel had only 300 HP. 40 HP is a big difference and couple that with the instant HP feel that the gas engine gives is going to be a lot. Nothing wrong with kicking tires. I'm curious how heavy of a trailer you towed with your 8.1 and what kind of mileage you got while towing? I also have an 03 8.1. It is in a Silverado. My toy hauler is a little under 10,000 lbs empty and has a gross rating of 12,900 lbs. and I am close to the max if I fill the water tanks and have all of the atv's. I get about 6mpg towing this trailer. It is very tall for a bumper hitch rig at about 13' high per the brochure.
msmith1.wa 12/22/21 10:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Wheel Pattern for 2006 Open Road 5th Wheel

6 bolt should be 5.5" 8 bolt should be 6.5"
msmith1.wa 12/10/21 08:12pm Fifth-Wheels
KOA Installing EV Chargers

KOA installing EV chargers
msmith1.wa 11/25/21 06:29pm General RVing Issues
Solar Awning

Solar Awning Someone finally made one, but it is not cheap and the price doesn't include a charge controller, may not includeinstallation. A couple things I don't like is that it will let rain through. I know they did this so that it can stay open in higher wind speeds. Also it is currently offered in one size.
msmith1.wa 10/30/21 08:13am Tech Issues
RE: Voltage Dump Valve Replacement

I assume your valves are hidden inside the belly and not visible. I would open it up and look to confirm the sizes. My rig is from a different manufacturer than yours, but both valves on mine are 3". I recently replaced the pull cables on mine.
msmith1.wa 10/04/21 05:29pm Toy Haulers
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