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RE: Rearview camera hardwired on fifth wheel

I'm installing a rearview camera on my fifth wheel and looking for ideas on the best way to run the wiring. My fifth wheel is 40'and had a wireless camera that was problematic. Youtube has many videos showing how to install https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ford+trailer+camera+and+tpms+kit
neal10a 01/23/20 05:17pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Alliance 5th Wheels

At the Tampa RV show I found the Redwood, Cedar Creek champagne, and Grand Design Solitude to offer more than the Alliance if one considers the 10k difference in full body paint. The the others suspensions were more robust, appliance seletion, wire sizing, plumbing and fixtures were either the same or better. Alliance was rather silent on A/C ducting and insulation as compared to others. No data on temperature variations in the living and storage areas. Allience offer heavy 4K springs, but the axles and brakes were still 7Ks. The others had 8K axels and brakes. I am glad to see more competition in the RV industry, but this new commer needs to climb the moutain a little more aggressively and I am not sure if they are RVIA certified. I am somewhat concerned that the managment credentials are not engineering oriented.
neal10a 01/23/20 05:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Can you get a decent browser on Windows XP?

No charity would want these if they care about those they are helping. The only people that might want them is the Smithsonian 100 years from now.
neal10a 01/21/20 04:34pm Technology Corner
RE: Alliance 5th Wheels

judging from the comments about Alliance, I think they show how much the folks want improvement in durability and quality in the RV industry. Is Alliance going to fill that need, I am not sure. It is new and unproven, but I don't see it as that much of improvement over its competition. Vanleigh had similar responces when it came out, but it has not proven to be better than its competition. In short many people are quick to jump for anything touted to be better and improved, while in reality it is not so. caveat emptor....
neal10a 01/21/20 10:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tow Vehicle question

I was hoping to get an factory GPS, but it looks like they offer automobile GPS and not a truckers GPS. Maybe the truck mfg's marketing and engineering people should get together and incorporated GPS units that fit the needs of a truck which pull or carry large loads that are not fitting for some roads, over-passes, tunnels or other restrictions. Definately something they sould offer. They charge an outlandish price for something that is ineffective.
neal10a 05/11/19 06:36pm Fifth-Wheels
Tow Vehicle question

I am looking to purchase a new one ton TV. I am not a brand loyalist and after evaluating Ford, GM and RAM which all have fantastic specs for 2020. However, does anyone know if either of those mfg's offer a GPS system that are tailored for trucks instead of cars for route planning that take into account height, width and weight of the truck and trailer.
neal10a 05/11/19 09:26am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2014 Chevy puck system

Blue Ox Superride seems to be a great and inovative hitch. I am seriously evaluating it for my next truck that will have a puck system. https://www.blueox.com/trailer-towing/super-ride/
neal10a 04/12/19 09:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Your thoughts. Thor Redwood?

Lance was bought by REV Group (Monaco, Holiday Rambler, Fleetwood, etc.). Tiffin is just motorhomes as far as I know. Newmar as well. Winnebago has some smaller 5th wheels. What I've seen doesn't do much for me. Vanleigh is part of Tiffin and is build some rather nice 5th wheels. Winnebago owns Grand Design which has a robust quality program and seems to build a good unit with quality materials--albeit they are hand built like the rest of the industry.
neal10a 04/10/19 08:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Your thoughts. Thor Redwood?

Only independent I can think of is Northwood. Nearest dealer is probably 800 miles from Houston. Rarely see one for sale. Don't think they have full body paint. There is the very high priced Lifestyle?? or something similar. All custom ordered I think. I guess the DRV is about top of the production brand?? Not sure of the quality of DRV vs. Redwood. I see very few Redwoods around here as well. Last one was I saw on the road was at last years Bristol NASCAR race. Tiffin is independent, Neumar, Lance and others are not owned by a conglomerate and are large in their own rite while expanding. Lance is independent and there are others. Winnebago is becoming a conglomerate while Thor and Forest River are conglomerates that have been gobbling up others. Those being gobbled up need to readjust thier profit goals (cheapen the product) to satisfy the "King" to get the return on their investment they expect.
neal10a 04/09/19 08:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tire replacement

My F350 had Michelins that got 85K miles. I installed Nitto grablers and they seem to be wearing well so far with 10K miles.
neal10a 04/08/19 10:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Your thoughts. Thor Redwood?

Personally I would stay clear of mfg's that were incorportated into a conglomerate. That means they have more pressure to make more profit and that useually means decrease the quality to meet corportate demands. There are other mfgs. that are still family owned or are not part of a conglomerate that build better qualty RV's while provideing excellant warranty and customer support. I think ALMOST ALL, if not ALL are now owned by Big Corporate Companies.. As you can see, there are not many Redwood owners around... It's rare that we see any on the road here in the East... I can think of several that are not part of "big corporate" that are doing well building reasonable quality units.
neal10a 04/08/19 10:52am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Your thoughts. Thor Redwood?

Personally I would stay clear of mfg's that were incorportated into a conglomerate. That means they have more pressure to make more profit and that useually means decrease the quality to meet corportate demands. There are other mfgs. that are still family owned or are not part of a conglomerate that build better qualty RV's while provideing excellant warranty and customer support.
neal10a 04/08/19 09:07am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Jayco quality?

One must be handy at fixing things to own a RV IMHO. They are hand built and no two are the same while being prone to problems. The quality of items like electrical, plumping, suspension parts, tires, hydrolics, intertainment systems, frame, construction materials and etc that a manufacturer choses is important for the long run. Too many manufactures use minimum quality to cut price and adhere to established federal and other standards. To determine the quality of those items requires a lot of home work that most people are not willing to do and are at the mercy of the manufacturer. I found that manufacturers that wire and plumb their trailers using neat orderly methods that exceeds standards is good place to start and shows up in quality in other areas as well. That demonstrates they care about the long term use of that RV. Of course those RVs cost a little more but pay off in the long run.
neal10a 04/08/19 07:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 6.7 Diesel fuel mileage

I suspect the 2011/13 6.7 get better fuel milage than the 2019. The newer diesels have more power and torque. HP/torque consume fuel. My 2012 6.7 gets 18/20 not towing and 11/12 towing a 16500 40ft 5th wheel at 62mph highway. If the DPF cleaning did not kick in it would do about .5mpg better.
neal10a 03/03/19 10:34am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sailun Tire Failure

It is hard to comment on this without knowing the history of the tire. Every tire Manufacturer has had blow out-- some more frequently than others. Pot holes, road hazzards, exceeding speed rating, loading, alignment and other factors can mitigate a tires life. I have Salins that replaced Goodyear G rated tires that wore out after 60K miles. So far they are performing as well as the Goodyears after 10K miles. I drive under 65mph and they are not near over-loaded with tire pressure at 105PSI. No pot hole or road hazards so far. BTY trailer suspensions are the weak point between the truck and trailer.
neal10a 02/26/19 01:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: F450 vs 350/3500

Shopping for new tow vehicle. Bought a bigger 5th wheel ( 2013 Redwood 38BR ). The current Ram 2500 diesel srw will get it there but is pretty maxed out. The ratings of the dually 350/3500's certainly meet the requirements on paper. Like what I'm reading about the turning radius, breaking and heavier curb weight of Ford's F450 without getting in to a cab and chassis truck. Anyone have first hand experience/comparison with Ford's F450 compared to a F350 or Ram 3500? Thanks much Newer Ford F350 SRW diesel will pull that trailer very well. However, if you insist on a dually the F450 was designed for dual real wheel application while the dually is an add-on for the F350.
neal10a 02/18/19 03:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Alpine and Pinnacle

Be careful with the Internet reviews. It is like the wild west in nature where everything goes. A lot of people complain when some of it was their own fault, or competitors provide negative posts, or the manufacturer post stealth positive posts. Also it is very difficult to get a honest opinion because people do not want to do anything to threaten resale value. The best way is determine what is adequate engineering and appliances. That will take some knowledge of how things should be built. Also be ware of catch phrases that marketing uses that are generally misleading.
neal10a 01/31/19 01:31pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dish antenna ideas

Dish has an eastern and western arc satellite birds. Get an automatic unit that is capable of getting either arc with selectable dip switch settings. That way if either arc is obscured the other may be available. Also that provide the ability to pick up one of the six birds which improves your ability to get some if not all channels.
neal10a 01/31/19 01:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Grand Design Quality

I think folks should discuss the engineering differences with specifics rather than generalities. How the roof, floors, sidewalls, suspension, plumping, wiring, underbelly, windows, appliances, entertainment system, factory support and etc. All RV's are essentially hand built and no two are the same. However, if the engineering, selection of materials and appliances are sound then one has a fighting chance. It takes alot of evalution and research to determine the best personal choice.
neal10a 01/31/19 08:15am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Grand Design Solitude vs Solitude s class

I believer the underbelly is finished better for one thing in the regular GD. That means limited problems driving in the rain and more water tight. Also the S model has electric leveling while the regular model has automatic hydraulic leveling.
neal10a 01/28/19 06:24pm Fifth-Wheels
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