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RE: Anti-seize on brake caliper bracket?

How about VW using a 14mm triple square bit to mount their calipers onto their vehicles? Course I don't have that part (NAPA does tho). WTH? Can't use regular bolts like everyone else?? UGH !!!!
ACZL 09/06/19 04:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Ram 3500 SRW (Edited with Pictures)

Congrats, Enjoy and smart thinking on looking/planning down the road.
ACZL 09/04/19 09:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Trailer and Truck

SRW doable? Some will say, change tires, add air bags, use an alum hitch. Problem is you CANNOT change weight ratings/capacity of truck. Period. If you had nothing whatsoever in truck or 5er, then yes you could, but what fun is that w/o family, personal items and food? Yes the new tow ratings from GM has caught many attention for SRW, but IMO, you will find you'll max out real quick even with a 3500. Let me give you a personal example: Dec '14, bought a '15 F350 SRW,4x4,cc,sb,6.7. Added/replaced factory fuel tank w/a Transfeflow 50 gallon tank. Truck scaled out at 8700 w/o anyone in cab, GVW of 11,500. Had a '06 Cedar Creek Silverback w/ dry wt of 10,800, max wt of 13,800. Fully loaded netted 2,000 pin so 10,700 on truck, total gross of 21,500. All within legal limits of truck all the way around. ALRIGHT I said! Truck towed awesome with this coach. Enter 2017 and we upgrade 5ers to a '18 Big Country with a advertised dry pin of 2,888, dry wt of 13,420 and max wt of 16,000. With same '15 F350, fully loaded and B&W Patriot, I now had 3740 pin, 7360 on truck's rear axle, 12,350 on truck, gross combo of 24,470. 5er's actual dry weight was 14,000. Truck's axle capacity is 7,000 and max combo 23,500. So now I'm over all the way around. Added upper/lower Stableloads, but ended up taking the uppers off. Truck towed this coach well also, but had to be in mindset that I'm over and keep a safe distance between me and vehicle in front. Towed to Maine from CNY w/o any problems. 2018 comes and now our vaykay plans have us leaning towards FL in Aug. Knowing I was already over on truck (which this didn't bother me too much), but over on the tires planted a huge gut feeling in my stomach that wouldn't go away. Just knowing the normal heat generated on tires, add in the extra weight on them, higher air and road temps down south wasn't setting too well w/ me. Needless to say, bought a '17 F350 DRW, cc,4x4,6.7. Hated to part ways w/ the '15, but after towing down/back, wife driving part ways and her saying she felt better driving/towing w/ the DRW vs the SRW (when she doesn't drive/tow a lot), knew after all this it was a smart decision. Yes I still miss my SRW truck for bopping around town and towing my snowmobile trailer as well as just having a SRW in snow, but the DRW was the way to go and would highly recommend the same if your looking at a trl wt closing in on 16k. IMO, SRW are good up to 14 to NO more than 15K max trailer weights. Just the piece of mind the DRW brought to me w/ wife towing this much weight was worth it. FWIW, the gut feeling went away except now having to pay for it! LOL
ACZL 09/04/19 09:01am Towing
RE: Lippert auto leveling question

^^^^^^^^^^ What the previous 2 posts said !!! ^^^^^^^^^^^^^ FWIW, I chock at least 2 wheels before unhooking (usually left ones). To this extent, I'm a cheap bugger and just use a couple 2x4's x 12". Once unhooked and pulled away, the front legs holds the coach with aid from the other legs thereafter. BUT DO AS Cummins12V98 said and have nothing near the front as it will "kneel" down 1st once auto level is activated.
ACZL 09/04/19 08:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Slides will not extend

1. There should be a switch by hyd pump (our '06 CC was located by left compartment door next to landing leg) that you can use to extend slides w/o going inside of coach. 2. Find where main cable from battery attaches to a row or bank of breakers. Using a 12v tester, check to make sure you have power from battery on at least 1 side. Where you see a buss bar connecting 2 breakers together, that's more than likely the breaker(s) for your slides. Had to replace ours due to intermittent operation of slides. Perhaps might not be a bad idea to replace all of them w/ new ones anyways. 3. Not sure about your A/C, so follow advice from others. 4. Like AP said, you can extend the slides w/a drill via a connector/extension on side of coach to hyd pump. 5. All the breakers (at least on our '06) where located in same area as #1 under a small plastic cover. Cannot miss them as there should be a bunch of wires there. If not, will be in front compartment, left side. Let us know how you make out.
ACZL 09/04/19 08:07am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Syracuse NY to Portsmouth NH then up the coast of Maine

So, Guys. What about this idea. At Albany (form Syracuse) taking Highway 9 over to Concord and then the 202 over to Portsmouth? IT may not be the FASTEST way, but again, tolls don't concern me and I've got all kinds of TIME. I'd also bet the country side would me more interesting vs. the interstate. Please share your thoughts. Tks Am assuming you will head north on 87 to Rte 7 east towards Troy then Bennington. All 2 lane with a good pull out of Bennington. Drew can probly better tell you, but if your towing heavy, better off sticking to the big roads. Also, if you have a diesel, last time we went to BH from Syr ('17), fuel was cheaper along the MA pike than at truck stops.
ACZL 08/28/19 07:54am Roads and Routes
GM's 2020 tow rating question for all

GM as we know recently announced their '20 tow ratings which is about time they upped things. Anyways, what get's me is how their SRW can now tow 18,000. Seems odd that there can be that much of a jump for a SRW to tow, so what did they do to achieve it? For the longest time though, as it's been discussed here that anything over 15,000 was dually territory. How many folks want to tow 18K with a SRW?
ACZL 08/28/19 07:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 F150 rumors

Back when Ford was making the Crown Vics/Grand Marquis/Lincoln Town Cars, they went from a 5.0 to a 4.6 (if memory serves me right), and if this is correct, the Police Intercepter version of the Crown Vic had a beefed up 4.6. To what extent I don't know, but do know the 4.6's were pretty stout.
ACZL 08/27/19 02:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: 5th wheel or bumper pull

Rare to see a 5er laying on it's side, TT's that's a different story! 2nd this! Older retired semi driver friend said the exact same thing to me back in '05.
ACZL 08/26/19 12:52am Towing
RE: Greetings and weight question

Congrats and enjoy the smiles er ride !!!!
ACZL 08/23/19 06:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rough Ride

If a tire is rated for 110 psi and ran less psi, wouldn't this cause a issue due to "under inflation"? Still think a name brand E ply LT tire is best bet. Ran LT's on our '06 Cedar Creek (13,800 fully loaded) at 80 psi for 12 years and no probs. I ran Michelin XPS Ribs and Bridgestone Duravis R250s on our 12,400 lb 5er for years. Original LT235/85R16E china bombs called for 65 psi. I found that the Ribs were wearing a little more in the out edges so I upper inflation to 71 PSI and had even wear. Inflation is based on the load the tires actually carry, not their maximum inflation. In several calls to Michelin, they always stated that over inflation for the load carried can lead to impact damage and reduced braking ability. Tires state MAX Load XXXX at YYY PSI. On passenger car and LT tires there on inflation charts that are universal across all brands for the same size and load range tire. Along came cheap ST tires and it is my belief that inflation to max side number is just a bandaid that manufactures tried to stick on the tires, because high failure rates. Finally after many years there are now better ST tires available. Inflation charts for ST tires seem to vary by manufacture if they exist at all, as they comply with different standards(think lesser). Still a little puzzled because most blowouts from what I gather are due to underinflation.
ACZL 08/23/19 08:32am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2020 GMC Towing Leader

Notice no Chevy's. IMO, too many knobs and buttons. Do like some features and looks of the GMC tho.
ACZL 08/23/19 07:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: What options?

"Must Have options - Auto Level, 3rd AC, Heat Pump, Thermo pane windows, Full Body Paint, Electric Awning, Disc Brakes and Morryde IS System," Only correction, remove "Heat Pump" and replace with CheapHeat!!! To add to your list, Bosch 220V clothes washer, Whirlpool 220V Dryer, FischerPaykal Dishwasher and full size KitchenAid side by side refrigerator. And you call this camping? LOL Slide toppers, Maxx air covers, Full size Fantastic fans IPO the little chinzy ones, air ride pin box (your choice), power cord reel if 50A, 2nd awning if avail, Sailun tires if 110psi, wet bolts and at least Mor-Ryde CRE 3000 susp upgrade..
ACZL 08/23/19 07:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rough Ride

If a tire is rated for 110 psi and ran less psi, wouldn't this cause a issue due to "under inflation"? Still think a name brand E ply LT tire is best bet. Ran LT's on our '06 Cedar Creek (13,800 fully loaded) at 80 psi for 12 years and no probs.
ACZL 08/23/19 07:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Thoughts on Cougar 364bhl vs Reflection 311BHS

While both floorplans as you stated are very much alike, it looks like the beds in the BH are larger in the Cougar. To me, the other big diff is that the kit/LR are opposite and FWIW, I think I'd rather have the LR on curb side. ANOTHER thing I noticed is that w/ the GD, the awnings are pretty close to each other and when extended can make for a very large "connected" shaded area. Add drop down awning screens and now a nice little private place OR prop up the screens and extend area out further if possible. We can do this w/ our BC and it's nice. Just a thought. But opinions is what you asked for so I'd opt for the GD. In saying that tho, I like the looks of the new Cougars too. Best thing is to take the whole family to each one and see how you all fit inside (boys on bunk beds), move around, DW w/ kitchen layout etc. GD seems to have very good reviews BUT keep in mind, they use the same vendors like everyone else and have same problems as well. But, all in all, GD gets my vote.
ACZL 08/23/19 07:32am Fifth-Wheels
Battery acid crud on top of battery

Upon opening the hood last w/e while changing oil and fuel filters, I noticed said topic heading on top of the left battery. Said "This isn't good". Spoke w/ dealer and asked if battery was covered under warranty and he said yes but (always is isn't there?) only if battery is kaput. I can bring it by and they can do a load test and I could also opt for them to do a battery service to the tune of 30 bucks to clean the posts/terminals. Anyways, am not sure what would cause the crud to be there and what do you all think?
ACZL 08/21/19 01:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Rough Ride

My thought is that OP went from a E tire to a G tire, 80 psi to 110psi (even tho he's at 90-95 psi). G tire is designed for far more weight than he has thus causing mre bounce due to a stiffer tire. I also agree on: does he have shocks? Also, perhaps adding (unless on already), Mor-Ryde CRE 3000 susp and wet bolts. Like Dutch, our Big Country is 41' long and weighs 14k dry, 16k loaded and has Sailun tires aired up to 110. Rides great and nothing has broke. We have a cutlery set that spins around on counter by stove (on a slide) and since we put it there 2 years ago, it hasn't move. So I feel that OP needs to go back to a E tire and 80 psi.
ACZL 08/21/19 01:31am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Steps recommendations

Could also use a 2x? board with non slip grips to act as a ramp for Fido.
ACZL 08/20/19 08:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Brattleboro, VT to Cooperstown, NY

May encounter lil more in way of steepness just east of Bennington. Just take it easy and you'll be ok. Once in NY or just around there, it becomes Rt7 and as you get closer Troy, it's all downhill w/ stop lights. Cross the Hudson and uphill till 87. If you have time and on a roadtrip w/ the toad, hit up Brooks BBQ in Oneonta. Also, was a bakery in Cooperstown on or near a corner that made some darn good coconut macaroons. Not cheap, but darn good.
ACZL 08/20/19 02:11am Roads and Routes
RE: Any Advice on buying a used 2012 Silverback 33REA?

As a former CC/SB owner to which we didn't have issues like those posted above, I agree w/ others who said to walk away from this unit. 2 floor areas that have water damage, wasps getting in, slide seals need replacement, sliding doors have water damage, awning----IMO probly about due so will let that one slide, no on bike rack for 5 bikes on rear bumper (tho can probly have a metal fab shop weld something to frame for ya). As sad as this may sound, you probly have your hearts set on this unit, but based on what you've told us, we all have said to move onto another coach. Not easy, but don't settle for the 1st one you see/set foot in (especially if a bunkhouse considering you mentioned 3 kids). Overall, CC for the most part did have good QC in their units. And really didn't hear of too many complaints on them years ago. Likewise, their customer service was top notch. Ours was a '06 SB and it was a few years later they started w/ their cathedral ceilings (which BTW--is this on the slide w/ the soggy floor?) But get your $$$ back and mover on.
ACZL 08/20/19 02:01am Fifth-Wheels
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