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RE: Time to replace front electric Jack

My 07 Atwood jacks had plenty of grease in the gear heads and I drilled 1/8” holes towards the top of the tubes and I sprayed gear lube on the screws until it dripped out the bottoms. No more dragging. Craig
C Schomer 05/28/22 04:04pm Tech Issues
RE: MORryde CRE 3000

One of my first fifth wheels (25 years ago) did not have shocks so I went to a parts store and bought four HD gas Magnum‘s for the front of a pick up because they were short enough to work on an RV. I made my own mounts and welded them on and those HD pick up shocks make the Monroe RV shocks, which I’ve had on later 5ers, look like junk but they work OK. Craig
C Schomer 05/28/22 03:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2008 Forest River Silverback 5th Wheel

A friend told me he watched a guy in Yuma use some kind of spray on his decals and it loosened them so they would scrape off easily. That’s all I know about it… Tried doing a search. I had one RV with hydraulics and all I ever had to do was re-tighten a couple of leaky fittings. No other problems. I kind of remember seeing an auxiliary jack handle on the pump in case the motor died but I don’t think that would do you any good if you blew a line and lost the fluid. Hopefully there’s another way to operate the slides if that happens besides sheer manpower. Craig
C Schomer 05/28/22 01:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tow capacity, Electric brake box inside truck,tranny cooler?

A friend bought an F150 in 09 and he said it could tow 15k. Later he said that was 15k gcvwr. Be sure you know what all the numbers mean. Craig
C Schomer 05/27/22 11:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Dually tire service/installation

It's amazing how ignorant some tire people are. I've dealt with shops that swore the dual valve stems COULD NOT go straight across from each other because they would be out of balance. That's when I give them a lesson on the OLD duallies with the guide pins in the hubs. Craig
C Schomer 05/27/22 11:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Tow capacity, Electric brake box inside truck,tranny cooler?

Remember that passengers and all of your cargo in the truck have to be included in your towing and hitch weights. I prefer to use the GVW of a trailer and then add passengers and truck cargo to get the total weight. I also like to have a lot more truck than I need! I have a DRW for my 15K GVW fifth wheel and I am darn glad I have that much truck when I’m in high winds. I’ve been seeing more trucks and RVs blown over on their sides in Southern Colorado that I’ve ever seen anywhere else before. This guy bit off more than his F 150 could chew... don't make that mistake. This was on SB I-25 10-11-20 north of Walsenburg. Craig
C Schomer 05/26/22 01:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Not one but two blowouts

ST tires don’t need any particular reason to go pow and I know that from personal experience. I had an 18 K gooseneck tri-axle with 16 inch and the ST tires made it 26 months and I know for a fact they were never run under inflated or suffered any road hazard. Exactly the same experience with my RVs in Arizona. I never had ST tires last longer than 50 months and the trailers were only used for about one month out of those 50 months and stored off the ground and covered. I use nothing but LT – E tires on my trailers and the problems are gone. Craig
C Schomer 05/26/22 01:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Do NOT blow air into onboard water vent

I had a 5er that always got pressure in the fresh water tank whenever I filled it. I tracked down the vent and it had a sag, water trap, in it. I tied up the low spot so it couldn't sag and no more problem. I imagine it could get pretty nasty in there! Craig
C Schomer 05/15/22 03:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: Removing Shower Doors

The center half of my glass enclosure was four glass panels that rolled. The design was easy enough to clean but I got tired of drying off all those glass sections so I replaced them with a curtain. I cut acrylic blocks to fit the track where the roller were to attach the curtain to. The curtain needed to be cut down narrower and shorter and I had my wifey sew a wide hem at the bottom so I could slide in weights. This is the third time I’ve replaced PITA doors with curtains and they are much better. Craig Doors Curtain
C Schomer 05/13/22 09:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Trans coolers

My trans was hitting ~220 so I put a cooler under the floorboard and got it under 160 without putting that heat in front of the radiator.. Craig
C Schomer 05/10/22 06:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cummins 6.7L Gasoline Engine in a Ram?

The Cummins B and C engines were developed in the 70s for multifuel Third World tractor engines. They built them so stout because they didn’t know what kind of crappy fuel would be used in them. This is far from new territory for Cummins. 50 more years of technology will be interesting to see. Craig
C Schomer 05/01/22 07:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Atwood Landing Jacks

My Atwood jacks don’t have grease zerks and I was worried about the screws going dry so I drilled a small hole at the top of each tube and then I sprayed the screws with gear lube. I sprayed a little bit each day until it eventually came out the bottom and so I know they got well lubricated. Craig
C Schomer 04/15/22 08:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Battery tender & storage

I have several battery tenders for my vehicles that are connected all winter while I am in Arizona but those vehicles have sealed low maintenance batteries. And by the same token My RV with 2GC batteries are on a PD converter/charge wizard all winter and I have not needed to add any water during that time. I think you would be fine but if you use a timer on a tender I think it would be better to charge a day or two a week so the battery tender can go through all the cycles while it is turned on. I think that would be perfectly safe. The battery disconnect on my fifth wheel opens the positive cable that comes from the batteries so there can’t be any possible draw. Craig
C Schomer 04/11/22 08:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Furnace using too much propane

These little safety vent furnaces are extremely Inefficient. I guesstimate the overall efficiency, combustion efficiency along with the stack loss factor, to be about 40%. I got tired of listening to mine cycle below my bedroom slide window and I got a Mr. heater big buddy a couple of years ago. My wifey has fibromyalgia and cold is murder on her. Now I can heat the trailer warmer than I did with the furnace and go a little over twice as long on a 30 pound cylinder.
C Schomer 03/29/22 07:39pm Tech Issues
RE: MORryde CRE 3000

Our 08, 15 K pound fiver has LRE and it rides really nice. It’s even a rear kitchen and things stay put on the counters, nothing breaks nothing flies out of the cabinets.
C Schomer 03/29/22 06:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: How to increase payload?

I would worry about the frame and that would be my guess that they didn’t offer 7000 pound axles. Can you see the frame in one of the units that had 7000 pound axles to see how much difference there is? I love to modify and make things better but I’ve had entry level RVs that weren’t even sturdy enough to handle the original manufactures ratings … they flexed so much and broke apart without even overloading them. Craig
C Schomer 03/27/22 04:46pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Water leak, we cannot find.

You could cap the pump inlet, close everything off and put a gauge and Schrader valve on somewhere and pressure test the water system with air pressure. That would tell if the leak is from the pressureized plumbing system without needing to see all Of it. Craig
C Schomer 03/22/22 12:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New to 5th wheel, have questions !!

My first 25 foot five or was a 94 shadow cruiser, 7 feet wide, low profile and it weighed 5000 pounds loaded. I towed it with the 96 Dodge half ton short bed extended cab 360 V8 with 3.92 gears and I got 9-9.5 mpg. It was a great match. Then I traded the gasserfor a 97 CTD’s 2500 long bed extended cab, five speed, 3.54 gears and I get 18 mpg. Then I got the wider, taller, 98 Wildwood 25 foot fiver and mpg went down to 14. That I got the much heavier Sunnybrook 25 foot fiver and mileage went down to 12. A friend who had the same Sunnybrook pulled his with a F150 and he was not very happy with it. The 97, 2500 CTD and the 25 foot Sunnybrook was an awesome match. I would never waste my time with another half ton or a SB for pulling a fifth wheel. Craig
C Schomer 03/21/22 11:52pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New to 5th wheel, have questions !!

I had 3- 25 foot fivers in a row. Great for getting into the forest service road camping places and they were great for mostly weekend camping we were doing then. They were also OK for a few 2 to 3 week vacations.. We had enough storage inside but They had very very little storage on the outside. AVoid any of the cheaper, lite built units. I had a 25 foot 1998 forest river Wildwood. I am a darn good handyman and can fix anything but that Wildwood was such a flimsy piece of junk it was literally falling apart and nobody could’ve kept it together. It had aluminum siding and when it was falling apart I could see there was no vapor barrier, just fiberglass batting And wind blew right through that POS. We learned our lesson and spent the money and got our first Sunny Brook and we’ve had two more sense. You’re definitely money ahead if you buy a heavier well-built unit the first time. Our last two fivers have been model 30s, actual 32 feet, and they have plenty of storage inside and out and all the creature comforts .:.with two slides. We’ve even done a lot of off-road camping with these 32 foot units and I wouldn’t want anything bigger or heavier, 15k lbs, that’s for sure. Craig
C Schomer 03/21/22 10:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What is your speed uphill?

I gross 24K and I go up the Colorado passes as fast as that curves will allow. I grew up with 50s and 60s under powered trucks and anything beats 15 miles an hour on the passes and struggling to stay awake! Craig
C Schomer 03/16/22 08:13pm Tow Vehicles
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