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RE: Hwy 395 from southern Idaho to Lake of the Woods, Oregon

Moved to Roads and Routes forum from 5th Wheels.
BarneyS 02/09/20 12:40pm Roads and Routes
RE: Quest for the perfect 5th wheel

The way I read your statement was that Redwood absolutely would not put in a residential refrigerator. I think you stated what you meant correctly the first time. The key word is "they". :) Barney
BarneyS 02/08/20 08:39am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel hitches

Regarding the OLD arguments on Andersen vs B&W, we are not going down that road again. Keep it up and the thread WILL be closed or deleted. Barney
BarneyS 02/07/20 03:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: TorkLift GlowStep Revolution Install and Review

Not sure where he got his but E-Trailer has about the most complete list and best prices that I have found. Barney
BarneyS 02/06/20 09:29am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: spring chickens...

Snip... For me one of the warning signs will be when I can no longer crawl around under the trailer to do some of my own repairs and when I no longer feel safe to work on my roof. snip... Congratulations for a long RV life! Here is our hope for you to continue for many more years. This is what caused me to quit traveling via our travel trailer two years ago at age 82. I loved to drive and sight see but had big problems doing all the things necessary to travel via a travel trailer like bending down to place chocks, hook up sewer, put down rugs etc. I parked it permanently in our family campground, out in the northern Michigan woods, where we enjoy it during he summer now. Sure do miss those warm, sunny Tampa days though. Barney
BarneyS 02/05/20 05:33pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: spring chickens...

I have to ask - what is with the title of this thread? :h Maybe I'm just dense or something but I don't get it. Barney
BarneyS 02/04/20 11:06am Fifth-Wheels
RE: spring chickens...

Those are some beautiful fish Joe. Much bigger than any I have ever caught around here in the either Lake Michigan or Lake Erie. Jerry, maybe it is the color of the hair! :B Actually my oldest son is only about 21 years younger than me. Thanks for the compliment. :) Barney
BarneyS 02/03/20 05:02pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: spring chickens...

I couldn't let this one pass without a contribution! :W I have two grown sons, one of whom owns a family campground where our trailer is now permanently located. Here is a picture of my oldest son and me after we came out of our trailers one morning last summer. We had not talked or planned this at all! :B . I am on the right. (By the way, my wife embroidered everybody, even the kids, a shirt with the campground name and location. We are both wearing one in this pic.) Here we are enjoying a little vino outside our trailer one afternoon. And finally this is me and my two sons after an afternoon of target practice. Edit: Here is one more with a few of our family up at camp. My wife of 62 years is in the back behind my son in the red shirt.
BarneyS 02/03/20 09:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Adding outdoor lights to my RVs

I also have one on my trailer next to the main door. Sure helps a lot when returning after dark! Price is right also. :) Led, motion activated, battery powered, light. There are others available also. Here's the one I have. Barney
BarneyS 02/01/20 05:56pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Does this hitch actually do weight distribution?

Yes, they do give you a tool to pry the bars in place BUT the best and safest way to do is as follows. 1. Place the trailer tongue on the ball and lock it. 2. Lower the tongue jack all the way to the ground and continue to lower it until the tow vehicle is raised enough to easily slip the bars into place. 3. Once you have the bars in place then raise the tongue jack foot back up to its' stowed position. Doing this places tension on the weight distribution bars. How much tension is determined by a. the amount of tilt on the hitch head, or b. how low or high the L brackets are on the A frame or, if a normal chain type hitch, how many links are between the WD bars and the snap-up brackets. Doing it this way is much safer and easier than trying to muscle the bars into place with the pry bar. There is little to no tension on the bars this way when you are handling them and therefore little chance for injury. You can lift the rear of the truck as high as you want in order to get the bars in place. It looks weird but does no harm and every goes back to normal as soon as you raise the tongue jack back up. :) Edit: Just noticed Jimlins post above and he has a good idea to reduce the amount of cranking necessary on the tongue jack by using ramps. Either way, the goal is to make a small upside down V between the truck and the trailer to ease the raising of the spring WD bars. The Equal-i-zer hitch that you linked is one of the more popular WD sway control hitches on the market but it uses square, very stiff WD bars that are somewhat difficult to muscle into place. The supplied pry bar is often not enough to get them there unless you use one of the methods he or I mentioned. I might add that this is also a reason so many of us have an electric tongue jack on our trailers. :C Barney
BarneyS 02/01/20 08:18am Towing
RE: Stacking RV fridge and furnace unit in same cabinet?

...then about 2ft off the ground Do you mean 2' off the floor of the trailer? I've seen several RVs with the furnace and fridge stacked. Of course that is what he meant. Not only several but many have that arrangement and I and others posted about it in this thread. I believe all manufacturers of RV refrigerators intend for them to be about 2 feet above the floor. Otherwise, you would have to bend all the way to the floor to get something from the bottom drawers or shelf. I realize the some popups or smaller trailers may have different arrangements and have the fridge lower. Barney
BarneyS 01/31/20 12:26pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Towing a 2640lb 16ft TT with a Ford Ranger 4.0L?

Fintip, If you are going to travel or tow that RV any distance, you can forget about gas mileage. RV's and gas mileage are mutually exclusive! :B . The weight of the trailer does not matter much once it gets rolling so the design of the trailer determines how much wind resistance is present. Most RV's are about the same. It really doesn't matter too much what the shape of the front is, the gas milage will be about the same. There has been some research that determines that the rear of the trailer is where most of the drag comes from and therefore the decreased gas mileage. There have been numerous postings on these forum regarding air wings, air tabs, rear wings, etc. but none to my knowledge has produced really noticeable, gas saving results. The best way to increase fuel mileage is to slow down. I never towed faster than 65 mph except for the occasional pass. What is seems to come down to is that if you want to play, you got to pay! :B Although that is somewhat of a joke, it really is true. When I towed with a gas engined truck, I used to average around 10mpg which is about the norm. Some get better some get less but most average around 8-10 mpg with a gas vehicle. When I started towing the same trailer with a diesel my average went up to around 12 mpg and sometimes 14 mpg, but the price of fuel was normally considerably higher than the gas price so my cost per mile was about the same If I were you, I would use the trailer and enjoy it but not worry about what kind of mileage you are going to get - you are towing a big box around. Just enjoy the lifestyle and have fun! :) Barney
BarneyS 01/31/20 09:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Need exterior trim piece

Try Bontragers RV Surplus who are located near the RV capital of the world. They are one of the largest RV surplus outfits around and if they don't have what you need nobody does! I have been there numerous times and each time am amazed at the stuff they have. :E . Scroll down near the bottom of the page I linked above to see pictures of just a bit of the things they have available. Barney
BarneyS 01/28/20 08:51am Travel Trailers
RE: New used truck

When I was looking to replace my 2002 F250 PSD with over 300,000 miles on the clock in 2016, I test drove a new 2016 F250 diesel and was very disappointed in the ride. I then went and test drove a new 2016 Ram 2500 CTD with rear air ride and was very pleasantly surprised with how smooth and comfortable the truck rode. In addition, the interior was far superior to the Ford. Guess what I purchased? :B Barney
BarneyS 01/28/20 08:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Medicare ads!!!!!

thestoloffs, Try sending the Mod a PM. That still works. Barney
BarneyS 01/27/20 05:19pm Technology Corner
RE: Any Night Stands?

I don't know of any manufacturer that makes a trailer that is not considered a mobile home that has a king size bed with two, or even one, nite stands next to the bed. Some have a cubby but not many. Edit: I found a rig that has a king bed with night stands on both sides of the bed. The only problem is that it is a travel trailer and not a 5th wheel. So far, I have found none with regular night stands - only cubbys in 5th wheels. Cruiser RV trailers. My son has a beautiful Cedar Creek "Cottage" trailer that is over 40 feet long but is still considered an RV. I towed it for him from the dealer about 150 miles to his campground in upper Michigan and believe me it is not one you would want to tow around regularly. It is very tall and heavy. He has found it to be a very livable trailer that he uses regularly in the summer and even occasionally in the late Fall or early Spring. It has a king bed but only cubbies next to the bed on the sides. I think most manufacturers are like his. Probably the only way you will get what you want is to find a custom builder to build it. Good luck. :) Barney
BarneyS 01/27/20 04:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hey Mods

You can also click on the Mod's name at the top of the page and send them a private message. This ^^^^. Mods name is at the top right of the forums home page.
BarneyS 01/27/20 12:59pm Around the Campfire
RE: Stacking RV fridge and furnace unit in same cabinet?

Yes, you can put both the fridge and furnace on top of each other in seperate compartments. Our trailer is exactly that way with just a simple 3/4 board between them. You will need to cut two openings in the exterior wall. The top one, and largest, will be for the refrigerator. The bottom one, which is much smaller, is for the furnace. You can see both openings which have the outside covers on, in the following picture of our rig. Look just behind the front awning support and above our wooden name sign. The fridge cover has the horizontal openings and the furnace cover has the small square opening which is actually a round exhaust vent that I have a square wire cover on to keep mud daubers out. I have the same type of screening in the horizontal openings in the fridge cover. The other larger cover near the front of the trailer is for the water heater. Here is a picture of the furnace opening inside showing a bit of the furnace and the duct that supplies the heat to the floor ducting. There is a screen that covers this opening and the fridge is sitting on a board just above the furnace and behind the front facing surface you see at the top of the picture. It should not be a hard job to do except for possibly running and sizing the length of the furnace ducting. Of course, they also make small furnaces like those found in popup trailers that do not require any ducting. Good luck and keep us posted on the progress please. Barney
BarneyS 01/26/20 10:36am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Fifth wheel suspension maintenance

I would recommend, as the others have, you inspect carefully and replace at least the shackles that attach between the spring ends and the trailer parts. Those do not last long at all. In addition, the bearing surfaces in the spring ends and the equalizer wear very quickly in most units. I, along with many others, have replaced my spring hanger parts with the Dexter EZ Flex unit and shackles and wet bolts. There is a comprhensive thread about the installation from me and several others, complete with pictures, here. . The first parts pictures do not show up well but my install begins on P.4 and the pics are fine. Hope this helps you out a bit. Barney
BarneyS 01/25/20 08:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Carriage 5 th who roof reseal

Several years ago, before we stopped being snowbirds, I had an appointment with a a dealer in Florida near where we were staying to re-do our roof with RV FlexArmor. The cost for our 30ft rig was around $3300. I had to cancel the appointment just a few days before we were scheduled for the service because my refrigerator quit and had to be replaced. I still wish today that we had been able to get that done at that time. Can't happen now as we are not towing anymore and the trailer is permanently parked in a nice camping spot forever. We use it now as our "summer place" and are now freezing our butts off in the cold here in Michigan for the winters.:R :) Barney
BarneyS 01/23/20 10:40am Fifth-Wheels
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