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RE: Level on sloped campsites. How? Unique to 5er's

If there were no restrictions, what would be the distance the jack travels from fully retracted to fully extended (ignoring the extendible section)? Just measured, since they are completely extended right now ... 13.5 inches. That the length they extract. The inserts can add another 8 or 9 inches in total length, but not sure, I've never had the trailer high enough to completely slip them out of the sleeve. So, really don't know how long they are. My Level-Up jacks can extend at least 24 inches - probably more although I would get nervous if I ever had to have them extended that far. (They are a single solid piston rather than having a manual extension.) I think the heart of your problem is that your jacks can extend only 13.5 inches. It doesn't matter how far you extend them or how tall the blocks are that you put under them. You are not going to raise the front of the trailer more than 13.5 inches after backing onto the site. (Unless you employ the solution that involves support under the frame which seems like it should work.)
CarnationSailor 08/17/19 10:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Those with auto leveling systems

I just can't bring myself to manually level the 5th when I have auto-level available, so I never pre-level by putting blocks under the tires. At first I was concerned about the tires being off the ground, but then postings on this forum convinved me that the jecks are designed to carry the weight of the trailer when the tires are off the ground. Also, after observing all the Class A's with their front tires off the ground on sites that are barely out-of-level front to back, I am further convinced that tires off the ground is not a problem. However, on an unlevel site, I do use blocks under any jack where they are needed to prevent the jack being "hyper extended".
CarnationSailor 08/17/19 09:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Level on sloped campsites. How? Unique to 5er's

If there were no restrictions, what would be the distance the jack travels from fully retracted to fully extended (ignoring the extendible section)?
CarnationSailor 08/17/19 09:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Level on sloped campsites. How? Unique to 5er's

I have been on sites like the one pictured with our 36-foot 5th. A stack of 8 to 10 "leggo" blocks under each front landing gear solved the problem. Your picture shows you are using a very short block under your landing gear. I find it hard to believe that the short stack is the max that will fit under your landing gear.
CarnationSailor 08/17/19 08:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hooking and unhooking of axis

If you have an auto-slider hitch, the truck and trailer centerlines have be parallel to within about 5 degrees. Any other type of hitch will allow you to hookup at almost any angle. I have never found unlevel ground to be a problem. I suppose if the truck and trailer were sitting on seriously different planes that could be a problem.
CarnationSailor 08/07/19 08:25am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tire Rotation Not Needed?

And as a tire wears down the tread depth doesn't wear as fast. Are you saying that the first 1/32's wear down quicker than the last 1/32's?
CarnationSailor 07/27/19 02:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire Rotation Not Needed?

I forgot to say that when I bought the truck, it came with 20 complimentary oil & filter changes and 20 complimentary tire rotations. I think I still have about 17 of each left, so that makes the situation even more galling!
CarnationSailor 07/27/19 12:07pm Tow Vehicles
Tire Rotation Not Needed?

Took my 2015 Silverado 2500 to the Chevy dealer for a regular oil and filter change, and tire rotation. The service writer told me the tires did not need to be rotated because the tires with the most tread were already on the rear. (I have 8/32's on the rear tires and 7/32's on the front tires.) I have never heard of such an idea. Any thoughts on this? Thanks
CarnationSailor 07/27/19 11:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Insurance?

Take a look at PEMCO. I haven't found any company with lower rates, and they have been good to me.
CarnationSailor 07/24/19 08:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pullrite Superglide or Demco Hijacker?

I've had the Demco Hijacker for about 4 years. You do have the truck/trailer alignment requirements for hitching or unhitching, but we got used to that quickly. We also get chucking at uneven expansion joints, but I don't think it is caused by the Hijacker. Ours failed when it was 3 years old. I didn't realize that the hitch head becoming easy to rotate by hand was an indication of excessive internal wear. (Even today, Demco will say that being able to rotate the hitch head by hand is not a reason to be concerned. I think they are wrong about that.) Demco provided numerous replacement parts at no cost to me (and I installed them) even though the hitch was a year out-of-warranty. Good for them; however, I would not buy another Hijacker having gone thru the one failure already. And if the hitch ever becomes easy to turn by hand again, it will be history.
CarnationSailor 07/14/19 08:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Air Ride Pin Box

Looking at a used Trailair tri-glide air ride pin box. Any feed back would be appreciated. SARGE Check it for side to side movement. If tight it's in good condition. Some failures but MANY don't understand there are "9" ZERKS to grease. Mine is rated at 21k, I tug on it with 23-25k full time for 4 years. Grease it PROPERLY and I doubt you will have issues. https://i.imgur.com/Kfw9Bftl.jpg Maybe they don't understand there are 9 zerks because the owner's manual says there are 6. At least, that was the case with my manual. After 3 years use, I could no longer move the mechanism fore and aft by hand so I looked closer and found the 3 zerks on the bottom. After greasing them, I could once again move the plate by hand.
CarnationSailor 07/14/19 08:20pm Towing
RE: Thank You

My "Through-Frame Slide-out" by LCI requires no lubrication - wet or dry (according to LCI). I think it's a good idea to check with the manufacturer before lubricating your slide.
CarnationSailor 07/10/19 09:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: SWR 5th wheel towing

Our 2015 Silverado HD 2500 (diesel) does great pulling our 36-foot 5th that has a dry weight of 11,700 and dry pin weight of 2100. If we had gone with the 3500 we would have had some pounds to spare in terms of payload, but the 2500 does fine being a few hundred pounds over on payload.
CarnationSailor 06/30/19 08:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hwy 95 from Winnemucca to Boise, Id. and RV sites in Idaho

Meridian KOA is nice, but like all KOA's, expensive.
CarnationSailor 06/26/19 08:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Thinking about investing in Crypto currency?

And how is that a surprise? It isn't limited to crypto currency. Many investment firms and individuals working for them have done exactly the same thing. Maybe put your money in your mattress where it will be safe? ....until your house catches fire! :)
CarnationSailor 06/26/19 08:06am General RVing Issues
RE: Wind damage?

Had similar wind in 2016 heading west across North Dakota. It pulled the first 10-15 feet of rubber roof loose which required a complete replacement of the roof covering. I went with a Rhino Coatings roof ($6500 and a 10-year warranty) instead of a new rubber roof ($9000 and a 1-year warranty). My auto insurance paid for the new roof.
CarnationSailor 06/21/19 08:48am Travel Trailers
RE: Turning your heat off at home while in Florida

in ohio we turn stat to 50deg and drain pipes ,you just never know about the weather. and have a friend check every week. In Seattle, X2.
CarnationSailor 06/19/19 06:41pm Snowbirds
RE: How to remove/replace bolt

Yes, you will need a drill bit for drilling metal and make it a good quality one. Buy a 1/8-inch bit and a self-tapping screw appropriate for the hole (drill) size. The hardware store clerk should be able to help you choose a good drill bit, properly sized screw, and center punch (if you don't have one). If you doubt your current drill can do the job, buy a good quality cordless drill. You will need it again if you continue to RV. (You will be drilling from the bottom up.) Start by using the center punch to mark the place next to the existing mounting point where you are going to drill. Hit the center punch firmly once or twice with a hammer after cutting a small circle out of the coroplast (so you can see the "dimple" made by the center punch). The "dimple" produced by the center punch will keep the drill bit from wandering around when you first start drilling. Drill a hole and attach the bracket with the self-tapping screw. Good luck!
CarnationSailor 06/18/19 08:56am General RVing Issues
RE: 04 Chev 1500 as a tow vehicle 8000lb camper

Just so you have the actual numbers, the mfg listed dry weight is 7780 so you are probably closer to 9000 pounds loaded (not 8000). I'm assuming you haven't actually weighed it fully loaded.
CarnationSailor 06/17/19 11:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Teddy Roosevelt N.P.

The Medora Musical was very entertaining, and they also serve dinner before as an option. Are you up for deep fried steak cooked on a pitch fork?
CarnationSailor 06/12/19 05:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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