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RE: Heartland Big Horn Fifth Wheel Trailers

It matters where you plan on wintering and how handy you are at rigging a fifth wheel up for winter use. Without taking proper precautions water will freeze no mater what kind of RV you have. Some campgrounds have heated water spigots and all you have to do is heat and insulate your end of the hose and run a heater behind the wall in the front compartment to keep the lines from freezing. I use pink insulation board that fits the windows tightly and the pull down blinds help hold it in place. I had to rework the duct work on my unit to even out the heat. It had too much heat in the front and not enough in the back. I ran a new duct behind the kitchen cabinets to the rear living room and shut off some of the ducting to the front bedroom. Be careful when shutting off ducts that you don't back too much heat into the plenum. If you want to live where it is really cold you might have to close or skirt the trailer. Let the water drip when it is really cold and have a hair dryer and portable heater handy just in case the water lines freeze. Had a time or two where the water wouldn't run until noon. The coldest we camped was about 5 above. We have seen people pack up and head further south in Florida if they forecast is for 30 degrees. That is why they have wheels.
7.3 psdman 10/03/20 07:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rewiring the brakes

I still have one hot drum after taking the fifth wheel for a test run. I will add some more grease to that EZ Lube fitting and back that brake off a couple of clicks and recheck the wires. Maybe tighten the others a couple of clicks too. If that doesn't work then I will be pulling that drum to check the brakes and bearings. Supposed to cool off nicely next week so that will make the job a lot easier.
7.3 psdman 08/14/20 04:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Checking on Wheel Bearing Heat

I had problems with one hot drum on each side, two were over 250* and the other two were about 150* so I fixed the wiring to the brakes and then I jacked up one wheel at a time. I check for wobble and spun the wheel to make sure the bearings were okay and then I adjusted the shoes with the star adjusters. I shot about a half a tube of grease in each EZ Lube fitting and I could tell that the wheels spun easier. Got one side finished this morning before it got hot outside.
7.3 psdman 08/12/20 08:15am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rewiring the brakes

Waiting for clamps to clamp the wiring to the axle, right now it is taped to the axle with duct tape. So I looked at a video about greasing EZ-Lube axles and ordered 4 tubes of high temperature grease. Makes sense to check for wobble in the wheels and grease the bearings while you have each wheel jacked up. I will have my bearing kit handy in case I find one that wobbles.
7.3 psdman 08/10/20 02:28am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rewiring the brakes

I took the fifth wheel for a ride after I ran new wiring across the axles. It no longer pulls to one side when I stop. The wire that had pulled out of the connector didn't have any wire inside the insulator for about 3/4" back when I was stripping the wires to make the new connection. It was one of the wires that goes to the magnet. After towing 5 miles and stopping 4-5 times I checked the hubs with my infrared thermometer and one hub on each side was hotter than the other two so I will adjust the brake shoes to make sure they don't drag. Then I think it will be good to go. The wiring running up front is probably okay for now. Thanks for all the advice!
7.3 psdman 08/09/20 07:12am Fifth-Wheels
Rewiring the brakes

The fifth wheel started pulling to one side when I stepped on the brakes on the truck. I looked at the old wiring and one wire fell right out of a connector when I moved it. I decided to replace the -cross the axle wiring first. I figure on clamping the split flex tubing to the axle with adjustable band clamps. Right now I'm waiting on my three way- weather proof- connectors get here. So I started wondering how brittle the wires are that run all the way up to the pin box. All of the old wiring under the trailer might be old and brittle. Anybody know how big of a job it is to replace the wires from the pin box back to the axle? Or maybe I would be better off to connect to the old wiring near the front of the fifth wheel-- maybe in the front compartment somewhere instead of trying to go all the way to the pin box.
7.3 psdman 08/07/20 12:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Brake Controller failure

I replaced the pigtail wiring harness on the front of the trailer. I had read the reviews and knew that the Chinese use a different color code for their wiring. I plugged the wiring harness into the truck connection and then used a couple of small jumper wires and figured out the color pattern from the pigtail wires. NO PROBLEM. I think the Chinese wired my trailer too. I installed a new towing harness on the truck and a new brake controller too. The whole job cost a little under $140. Not bad when you figure the number of years that I have been towing the fifth wheel around.
7.3 psdman 05/18/20 03:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Brake Controller failure

I was disappointed that the tow vehicle circuit tester doesn't mimic having the trailer hooked up. The tester showed that there was no power to the backup lights. Everything else works according to the tester and the I double checked with the meter and no power to the center post. The truck itself has backup lights. I checked the fuses and relays under the hood and they all work. I am thinking about buying a tow harness for the truck. But I think I will take the old one off and look at it first to see if a wire came loose.
7.3 psdman 05/12/20 05:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Brake Controller failure

With this being an intermittent problem I was wondering if I buy one of those 7 blade testers can I leave it plugged in until I see that the numbers drop out on my controller and then go back and read what the tester diagnoses? That is what I have in mind right now.
7.3 psdman 05/06/20 01:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Brake Controller failure

I made sure that the plug and truck connection were clean and lubed before we towed it home and that the cap was holding the plug in place. The plug has always fit a little loosely in the truck connection. I have thought about changing the pigtail and the truck connection and or the brake controller but then I think that it might just be a grounding issue or a loose wire that I haven't found yet. Social distancing is keeping me from trying to tow a different trailer with a seven point plug right now. If I did that and had the same problem at least I would know that it is a problem on the truck end of it.
7.3 psdman 05/05/20 04:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Brake Controller failure

Thanks enblethen. Yes! It is working now but that could be because it is an intermittent problem. I didn't have a manual because the controller was in the truck when I bought it used. Thanks again!
7.3 psdman 05/05/20 08:27am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Brake Controller failure

When we got home I hooked a battery charger up to the 5th whl. battery and when I did I found out that I had a loose connection on the red battery cable. So after reading about another guy's problem I am wondering if the trailer battery cable failure could cause a problem because of needing power to the breakaway switch. Could that cause the towing- braking system to fail intermittently while going down the road?
7.3 psdman 05/05/20 08:13am Fifth-Wheels
Brake Controller failure

I am having an intermittent problem with the braking system from my 2000 Ford truck to my 2009 fifth wheel. The trailer pigtail has to be plugged in before the Pilot brand brake controller will show a red C otherwise it just shows a red dot. While towing down the road the brake controller looks like it drops out and quits showing any connection and I lose the brakes and lights on the trailer. The problem is that I don't know whether it is in the controller or the truck wiring or the trailer wiring. I have a lot of time to find the problem right now if I knew where to start. I have a meter and a test light. We hadn't towed the trailer for a few years until we took the last trip about 500 miles from home and I didn't know that I lost brakes until we took the exit off of the big highway. The campground was only a couple of miles off the highway and I noticed that the controller wasn't reading while the wife paid for the site. Anybody know where to start looking at the problem?
7.3 psdman 05/05/20 07:53am Fifth-Wheels
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