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RE: Will fifth wheel front hit truck back window?

I think I would certainly find out. Go out into a large parking lot and slowly start making tighter and tighter turns while keeping a close eye on the front cap of your fifth wheel. You will then know for sure. It's not as simple as checking/testing on a flat parking lot. If the ground is uneven the trailer or truck could pitch or tilt and create contact in a close turn situation. ^^This Many a truck owner with a busted window and dented cab has come to a message board in disbelief because they did the whole parking lot thing and it still hit. A small uneven surface on the wrong side is greatly magnified and the trailer goes through your window. The parking lot thing is fine to get a general idea but you still have to watch out.
mtofell1 09/19/19 08:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Leaving the RV World for a while

Yeah, it's tough with all the sport and other school activities. I get bummed about this time each year as I see my RV sit in the driveway as I go to/from soccer practice, volleyball practice, school conferences and everything else BUT using my RV. For some reason I don't remember my parents hauling me around and doing all this when I was young (maybe it was just my parents :)) Don't worry... we'll all still be here when you come back!
mtofell1 09/18/19 06:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Truck and 5th wheel

It seems you start to run close to or over numbers around 15,000# (loaded weight) 5th wheel on a modern SRW 3500. As pointed out, there are variables depending on % pin weight and how much you travel with in the truck. In planning my next 5th wheel purchase, I'm purposely trying to stay under that 15K number. Despite all the encouraging advice, I have no interest in driving a DRW truck every day. Honestly, driving a SRW full-size truck is enough of a PITA for my lifestyle, job, where I live, etc.
mtofell1 09/15/19 04:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2017 Ram 2500- Airbag Question

I can't even begin to wonder why you would compare a tire store air bag price to an online price. I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but even I know better than that. Les Schwab here is AWESOME. I can relate at least a half dozen experiences where they saved my bacon, usually with no charge, even when the products they serviced weren't purchased there. Fast, prompt service with a smile every time. Yeah, they're proud of their products, no doubt. Well worth it in my opinion. I haven't seen a tire dealer NOT use a torque wrench in probably 10 years. And I'm not affiliated in any way with anybody involved with a Les Schwab. The advantage of inside the coil bags are they are cheaper and easier to install. The disadvantage is they support less weight and are more fragile. X2 to everything here... my experience and thoughts exactly. Love the 5000# Firestone bags on my 2500 (outside the coil spring). Inside coil bags serve a purpose but realize they are just a much smaller "tool" for a given job. I run a small fleet of vehicles (five) through Les Schwab and they are overall great. I've probably had 50 points of contact in the last few years and 45 of them have been great. Sure, there are a couple minor things that aren't perfect but that's just life. When you see a thriving company like LS the fact (yes, FACT) is they are doing the vast majority of things right. Sure, people have anecdotal experiences to the contrary but they couldn't stay in business screwing everyone everyday.
mtofell1 09/12/19 10:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tornado hits Carolina camp ground

RVs and tornadoes are not a good combination. Tying yours down is great but if the neighbors is flying around through yours it really doesn't matter. Lots of variables here between building codes, land use, zoning, permanent use, temporary use, etc. Easy for everyone to say what "should" have been done after the fact.
mtofell1 09/08/19 07:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Landing gear question

With 5vr still hitched Raise the Inner tubes up fully Extend the Outer tubes until you hear then click/clack Retract then 1" and paint a RED Line -----that is the MAX extension you want to do so you do not damage drive nut/shaft/gears Are you saying that fully extending the outer legs (without any load on them) until they make a noise, will not damage the gears? In my experience, over-running to the point of making noise has caused the fuse to blow and/or the bolt on the crossbar to shear. I suppose you have to find out the limit so you can mark it when totally extended but be ready to repair something if/when you do.
mtofell1 09/03/19 06:01pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Landing gear question

Maybe you can learn from my mistake on this one - when overextending, I sheared off a bolt in the square tube that runs horizontally through the storage area and transfers power to the passenger side jack (I'm assuming a common setup with one motor on the driver's side). Anyway, the bolt is a planned failure point so you don't break more expensive things. I now carry spare bolts to prevent being stranded somewhere if it ever happens again. Where is also a fuse that can blow when you overextend. Be sure you carry some spares of that as well.
mtofell1 09/03/19 01:34pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Slight smell where the LP Gas cylinders are located normal?

I'm going to disagree with the masses on this one. There is a vent on the underside of the switch and it's not uncommon to get some smells from that. If you can't find anything from a soap test and your tanks aren't going empty sitting with the valves open for prolonged periods I wouldn't worry about it.
mtofell1 08/28/19 09:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Multiple Tire Blowouts

While I am generally on board with the whole, "China tires are terrible," thing, OP's experience is pretty amazing even for those standards. 6 blowouts in 2 years? I'd definitely look at the weights as well as the brakes to be sure they aren't locking up as someone mentioned.
mtofell1 08/26/19 09:10am Travel Trailers
RE: generator bumper mount tray carriers

Also, be careful hanging things off the back as it can drag and even get ripped off the trailer when leaving parking lots. I also tend to agree with the others about the limitations of the bumpers. I know it's a tempting storage location ut I'd never hang more than a spare tire on mine.
mtofell1 08/26/19 09:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Looking aft used trucks - "?' flood damage

For how much these used trucks cost and for whatever reason you perceive saving some huge amount of money buying used, spend a few of those $$ and get a professional set of eyes on it. A bunch of guys on the internet can pretend to give you solid advice but there is no substitute for a professional set of eyes. Just like you do things in your job that no one else could with some internet advice, vehicle inspection pros can spot things in seconds that can slip buy even the best internet inspection cowboy.
mtofell1 08/25/19 06:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.4l 8 speed towing review

It's getting great reviews on the Ram forums. The 8spd tranny sounds like a whole new world compared to the 6spd. Guys are talking about hauling up to 15,000# trailers with no problems. Aside from the terrible 6spd my Ram 2500 is a great truck. The 6.4 Hemi is a beast of an engine that, up to this point, has been somewhat wasted in the HD trucks. The 8spd sounds like a total game changer. I'm curious what you think is terrible about the 6 speed? I read that often, yet I have no complaints. I have an 18 2500 6.4 4:10 that's a bit over a year old. My travel trailer tows at around 10k lbs and is 37' and I have no complaints about it's towing. Sure it down shifts more than the 2012 diesel I had in the past but overall does a nice job. What is it that you and so many others don't like? Just curious really. I have many years before my next truck so I will have a 6 speed for quite a while, but again just trying to understand the hate for what to me works just fine. Thanks! The gear ratios were borrowed from the 68rfe which is the tranny paired with the Cummins diesel. So, the ratios were developed/intended for use with a diesel engine that makes its power at lower RPMs. In particular, the 1-2 gap is a country mile. While towing out west here in the hills there is a dead spot around 35-45mph where the tranny can't hold 2nd so it just slams back and forth between 1st and 2nd. When I can get above 45-50 or so even on fairly steep grades the power of the engine can be realized and it's a beast. It's just a problem with the large gap. My other, albeit smaller, complaint is with the downshifting behavior around 4-3-2. Rather than downshift 4-3-2, it just slams from 4 down to 2. This can be eliminated by just manually shifting which I always do when towing. During daily driving the tranny is also ridiculously slow to downshift. Slow to the point where my RPMs drop to nearly 1000 and the truck feels as though it's going to die. I've had it looked at by the dealer and they say nothing it wrong. Many other on Ram forums report and complain about all these same issues. If you're towing 10K and don't have these complaints I'm going to guess you're not pulling any major hills?
mtofell1 08/19/19 08:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: dodge 2500 with coil over air bags

That new 2500 system looks like the Kelderman replacement rear suspension that has been a available for a few years. I had always planned on going that route if/when I get a new truck. I researched it a couple years ago and people with the systems really seemed to like them. Anything the manufacturers can do to help these trucks ride better when unloaded has got to help them sell trucks. We all see the constant complaints of ride quality in HD trucks (some people even insist something must be broken :))
mtofell1 08/12/19 11:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tool chest in MHbasement

I know its apples and oranges but I recently redid my entire house garage (cabinets, tool boxes, storage, etc. etc.). At first I was overwhelmed and struggled but really got a handle on things by spending A LOT of time at the various stores just looking at the toolboxes and storage options. There really are a lot of great affordable boxes and containers. Only you know what tools you have and how often you use them so it's tough for a bunch of strangers to design your space. To some people a set of tools consists of two screwdrivers, a set of pliers and a roll of duct tape. Other RVers are retired race car mechanics and carry enough tools to rebuild an engine.
mtofell1 08/06/19 11:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: I need a large 5th wheel but am I looking too large?

How much and how often are you planning on moving around? If not much, you might consider "destination trailers" or "park model" trailers. These are kind of between an RV and a manufactured home. They are mobile but not the kind of thing you'd want to haul around every weekend.
mtofell1 08/06/19 07:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: proper hook up procedure?

:h I have had a fifth wheel parked in the pole barn for storage for over 18 years now on a level cement floor without chocks. Why would I be chocking that thing up? So when you drive into the trailer with your tractor you only have to fix the RV, not the back wall of the barn that the RV rolls through. Also, a properly built slab to park vehicles on has a 1/4" per foot slope to drain water that falls off after driving in the rain so many slabs aren't totally flat. Why do you wear a seatbelt? Why do you have smoke detectors? We do all kinds of things daily that turn out to be totally unnecessary.
mtofell1 08/06/19 11:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Short Beds w/out Sliding Hitch

I have a short bed GMC with a patriot slider. The dealer who installed it set as far back as it would go. The pin box will hit the tailgate when the hitch is slid back: https://i.imgur.com/VJpRawr.jpg I have since adjusted the hitch forward 3 inches, it will just clear the tailgate on level ground. I will have to lower the tailgate to use the slider. Gary I have a set of chains and hardware to hold my gate open approximately 6" while the hitch is slid back. My Ram looked like it was going to clear.... someday maybe I'll replace the damaged tailgate :). I don't know that I could turn with the gate all the way open without it hitting the 5th wheel.
mtofell1 08/05/19 11:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: proper hook up procedure?

Doesn't it depend on the type of hitch you have as to whether or not you use chocks? I watched a video yesterday that Dutchmansport posted of the pros and cons of the various hitch arrangements. It looked like the truck with the Anderson hitch just backed up under the 5th wheel hitch then the 5th wheel was lowered onto the ball. Do you still need chocks for this type of hitch? The type of hitch is irrelevant prior to hooking up. A trailer not hooked to a vehicle should NEVER sit without chocks.
mtofell1 08/05/19 11:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: proper hook up procedure?

Always use wheel chocks! I've heard too many folks with veed truck beds say "but the ground looked level". The company I worked for, if you didn't chock, take the next day off in the street with no pay. Years ago I remember walking by a loading bay behind a store and there were HUGE signs saying, "drivers responsible for chalking their own wheels," and it stuck with me. Basically, don't trust anyone else to do this absolutely critical step in hooking/unhooking. Also, fwiw, those yellow plastic cheapies from Walmart work fine until you run over/crush them. Once the vertical supports have been crushed the whole thing will collapse easily. I have used those plastic ones but have also just used chunks of firewood a lot over the years. Replacements are cheap and easy to find :)
mtofell1 08/05/19 10:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: proper hook up procedure?

Definitely use wheel chocks. The trailer brakes are nowhere near adequate for hooking up. Also, best practice is to have the 5th king pin a bit lower and have the hitch "lift" the trailer as it latches. This takes weight off the legs and helps prevent what you are talking about. 5th hitches have a bit of a ramp, presumably for this exact reason.
mtofell1 08/04/19 06:51pm Fifth-Wheels
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