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RE: Jacking up a Fifth Wheel

I left ours hooked up to the truck, then raised all 4 tires off the ground and added jackstands under frame just like a couple others said. Easier to do bolts w/ tires off and to move axle around to align bolt holes up. Takes some doing, but can be done.
ACZL 07/15/19 01:03am Fifth-Wheels
RE: I'm seeing a ton of new Silverados and sierras in my town

Really haven't seen any of the new ugly front end '20 Chebby's around here yet. Plenty of ugly rear end Chebby's that are like the front ends tho.
ACZL 07/12/19 08:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Best rv parks around Saratoga Spring NY

Probly 15-30 miles away, you stand a better chance of a place, but plan on 100 bucks/nite. Several near Lake George area and they are within that mileage range.
ACZL 07/11/19 09:06am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Catskill Mountain area campgrounds

ACZL, I think the campground your thinking of is North/South Lake state pk near Hunter Mtn. It's a beautiful park, but dry camping only and not bigger rig friendly. I just returned back from this park 2 days ago and ripped off my TV antenna while backing in. Had to tape a cereal bowl over the housing to keep the rain out! I honestly don't remember. All I recall is it was near Hunter Mtn as I arrived around 2am via car, went to Hunter Mtn music fest., 1984 time frame. Stayed w/ friends in their 5er. Knew really nothing about RV's 'cept I loved the 5er's!!!! Never went back after this visit. Thanks for the replies all. Will pass them on.
ACZL 07/11/19 09:02am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Should I get a 2020 GM 3500 DRW or a 4500?

Not sure what your wallet will handle, but have you by chance looked into a Frieghtliner Business Class truck (new or used)? Can get w/ air ride susp and seats and possibly cab too. Don't think you'd ever have to worry about weights. Larger brakes, tires, frame and all. Will agree with others tho that service on the road for MD trucks can be difficult and $$$$. I am impressed with the weight capacity increase in the GM line for '20. My problem with any of the big 3 is strapping a whopping huge weight trailer on, grossing 30-35k and either not having the experience towing those kinds of weights AND stopping it. Sure they all say they can tow it, but stopping can be another thing. In the long run, if you still want to stick w/ the GM line and see yourself towing a lot in the future, I'd opt for the 4500 only cuz of bigger brakes and frame. I don't see how the frame of the 4500 is less beefy than the 3500. Air ride can probly be done on the 4500. Tho I said opt for the 4500, service on the road could be an issue, but for pure weight and safety towing heavy, for me the 4500 would win out. As it has been said on this forum many times, can never have enough truck. Also, IMO too, GM's 45 & 5500 trucks are really rebadged IH trucks w/ bowtie on the grill. IH made CAT trucks which were nothing more than IH's w/ CAT logos and different trim/colors/dash layout. Marriage lasted just a couple of years.
ACZL 07/11/19 08:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Should I get a 2020 GM 3500 DRW or a 4500?

Not sure what your wallet will handle, but have you by chance looked into a Frieghtliner Business Class truck (new or used)? Can get w/ air ride susp and seats and possibly cab too. Don't think you'd ever have to worry about weights. Larger brakes, tires, frame and all. Will agree with others tho that service on the road for MD trucks can be difficult and $$$$. I am impressed with the weight capacity increase in the GM line for '20. My problem with any of the big 3 is strapping a whopping huge weight trailer on, grossing 30-35k and either not having the experience towing those kinds of weights AND stopping it. Sure they all say they can tow it, but stopping can be another thing. In the long run, if you still want to stick w/ the GM line and see yourself towing a lot in the future, I'd opt for the 4500 only cuz of bigger brakes and frame. I don't see how the frame of the 4500 is less beefy than the 3500. Air ride can probly be done on the 4500. Tho I said opt for the 4500, service on the road could be an issue, but for pure weight and safety towing heavy, for me the 4500 would win out. Also, IMO too, GM's 45 & 5500 trucks are really rebadged IH trucks w/ bowtie on the grill. IH made CAT trucks which were nothing more than IH's w/ CAT logos and different trim/colors/dash layout. Marriage lasted just a couple of years.
ACZL 07/11/19 08:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: 6 foot wide pleated blind help

Is there an address sticker on it somepace? Our old coach had the same type of shade and was a sticker w/ company address on it (Indiana I think). Can always call them and inquire what's up or send back to for repair.
ACZL 07/11/19 08:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheels....heck of a following

Anyone notice how there seems to be a lot more posts under the 5th wheel section of RV compared to the other types? Just seems to me more questions/topics about them. Plus, from my blind eye observation, appear to be gaining in popularity.For 2017 sells from ( RV travel ) numbers. TT- 274,294 5th- 78,046 Class A- 14,250 Class B- 3974 Class C- 27,530 Guess, more/ess I was alluding to was it seems there is more chatter in the 5er section than the others. I would agree that overall, TT/bumper pulls far outsell the rest, but 5ers seem to be gaining a lot more popularity.
ACZL 07/10/19 09:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Faded front cap

Repainted and clearcoat applied?
ACZL 07/10/19 09:55am Fifth-Wheels
Catskill Mountain area campgrounds

Co-worker asked me about campgrounds in the Catskill Mtns. Truth be told, I drew a blank. Only place that came to mind was 1 near Hunter Mountain, but didn't know the name as it was back in the 80's I was there w/ some friends. So I told my co-worker that I'd ask to see what comes up. few questions I had for him were: F/H or W/E, how big of RV (28' TT), what was he looking for. Pretty much names will suffice w/ some brief comments about them, he can do the rest of research. TIA, AC
ACZL 07/10/19 02:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Jake vs Exhaust Brake

Would take a heck of a lot of modding to stuff a engine that uses a Jake brake in a pick up. If I'm not mistaken, I think Cummins invented the Jake Brake and granted it's use for all semi engines but some mfr's may offer their own version of a Jake to which (IMO) aren't as good. A true Jake requires the engine to be between 1600-2000 to get the best retarding power. Exhaust brakes offered by Ford, GM & Ram are better than nothing and from what I gather, folks seem to be quite happy w/ them.
ACZL 07/09/19 02:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: Campgrounds Within 5 Hours of Long Island

It might be a little tough this late getting full hookup sites. Especially 3 trailer sites for the same weekend, and really especially if you want them together. Odetah Camping Resort in Bozrah, Connecticut might be good. Wolf's Den Family Campground in East Haddam, Connecticut. We've been here many times and always enjoyed it. Gillette's Castle state park is nearby (very cool small "castle"). River Bend Campground in Oneco, Connecticut. It has been a few years since we've been here, but we've always had fun here. Dogs are very welcome. Not a really fancy place, but neat, clean, and the staff is great. Almost every weekend they have a theme - Cowboy Weekend is a hoot, and so is Halloween weekend. And relatively nearby in Brooklyn, Connecticut is a Buffalo farm that is cool to visit. Looking for next year suggestions I believe.
ACZL 07/08/19 11:19am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Saw my first 2020 GMC HD camping this weekend

I agree as well the hood scoop should be w/ D-max only Wheel well lights, well don't see them on semis, but I will say if they somehow have them blink w/ turn signals, then maybe. Otherwise, no. GMC over the Chevy front end...YES!
ACZL 07/08/19 11:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Campgrounds Within 5 Hours of Long Island

Couple more for you: 1. Moose Hillock in Lake George 2. Cherry Hill near DC. 3. West Canada Creek Campsites in Poland NY (12 miles north of Utica) 4. Villages at Turning Stone, Verona, NY
ACZL 07/08/19 01:45am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Who has a good RV oven

Have to use the baking stone that comes with it (or at least they did come with it). Think last time we used ours had to turn temp above what recipe called for to get/maintain temp. DW has used the convection nuke-o-matic a couple of times and things didn't turn out too bad. Only reason we have a gas oven is in the event power goes out. FTG, I think there was a problem w/ the temp setting on the Furrion ovens (can't say for certain) and Lippert sent owners updates I think.
ACZL 07/05/19 01:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Performance/Efficiency versions of Cummins 6.7L

Like Tim Taylor from Home Improvement would say..." More Power!" Tho I own a Powerstroke, if I was to go w/Ram, I'd opt for the Aison and biggest Cummins (stock) I could. Just my opinion.
ACZL 07/05/19 08:07am Tow Vehicles
5th wheels....heck of a following

Anyone notice how there seems to be a lot more posts under the 5th wheel section of RV compared to the other types? Just seems to me more questions/topics about them. Plus, from my blind eye observation, appear to be gaining in popularity.
ACZL 07/05/19 08:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Traveling with the roof vent open

No covers over vent covers. NO open! I like others said above, have seen ones open w/o covers and they are flopping all over the place. IMO, too weak of support for them. With covers on, can either leave open a crack or all the way. I try to leave ours open (Fantastic Fans w/ rain sensors and are open all the way or closed), but withy them open, I do think it does aid in drawing hot air out of them while going down the road. Another benny whichI'll repeat is w/ covers, can leave vents wide open w/o fear of rain getting into coach.
ACZL 07/03/19 10:06am Fifth-Wheels
RE: towing capcity and payload capacity.

Not sure OP if truck your looking at is a 4x4 (but will assume it is being your in WI), so it will weigh in the hood of 8500 lbs. That only leaves you with 1500 lbs of "X" wether it be cargo, people or trailer. If you have 4 people at 150# each, that's 600#, now your down to 900# capacity leftover for "X". Not that this will help you any, but I had a '03 F250 cc,4x4,6.0 PS, 50 gallon Transferflow tank and it came in at 8700. Always thought that I'd never use up all the trucks capacity. Bought a '06 Cedar Creek Silverback 33LBHTS (dry wt 10,800, Max GVW 13,800, pin 1800) being a newbie, figured....no problem. Hooked up, fully loaded, I had 10,800 on the truck (truck's GVW was 8800). Yes I was over big time, and truck did tow it just fine. But always had to be in the mindset of keeping a safe distance from one in front of me. Said that next truck will be a 350 ( alot of that info came from reading a lot of posts on here). So bought a '15 F350 cc,4x4,6.7, srw. Did an awesome job of towing same trailer. Winter of '16/'17 we decided to get serious about a new coach and ending up getting a '18 Big Country. Well now back in same boat w/ this truck & RV as we were wih the '03 F250 and '06 RV. The '15 did a great job towing the BC, but again, I was at or over on some of the trucks capacities. RV had a dry wt of 14K, max GVW of 16K, pin of 2900. Fully loaded, I was over on truck's GVW of 11,500, rear axle and tires. Overall, didn't really bother me. Come vaykay planning for 2018 and now the weights are bothering me cuz the compass had us going to FL during the summer. Traded in the '15 for a '17 F350 cc,6.7,4x4 dually and all I can say is it made a world of difference! DW even liked driving it better than the srw towing. Yes, I DO mis my srw, but for towing the BC, the dually wins. So bottom line is, I think I'd pass on the 250 and look for a 350 srw and then keep a 5th wheel under 15k GVW. If your towing a TT, then the 250 will probly be ok, but not a 5er. Just my $.02
ACZL 07/01/19 01:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Lake George...Lake Placid....Cooperstown

Not that we have stayed there, but I would also agree on North Pole Resort 100 Acre CG. We scoped out the KOA a couple years back and were not impressed. Friends of ours stayed at the NP100acre and said it was very nice. Also, while in the Cooperstown area, stop at Fly Creek Cider Mill in Fly Creek as well as Brooks BBQ in Oneonta for some great tasting BBQ chicken. Just ate there few weeks ago....13 bucks for sit down dinner (1/2 chicken, choice of spuds but I recommend the fries) and salad bar. If ya want, can get a dinner to go and eat outside next to parking lot.The to go meal is different than sit down.
ACZL 06/29/19 06:06pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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