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RE: DOT Endurance Test for ST Tires NOT same for LT Tires

My question has always been, "Why market ST tires at all if the LT tires are superior for towed trailers?" It isn't the price as Goodyear has LT tires that sell for less than Endurance ST tires.
Durb 02/28/21 06:22pm Towing
RE: Will it be difficult to find a reliable 5er on a 20K budget

I owned a 5er several years ago but sold it due to a move. I am interested in getting another one. I still have my tow vehicle, 2004 Silverado 3500 diesel, that I plan to use. I can afford to spend around 20K. I would like something in the 27-32 foot range. I don't need something really nice but want something as reliable as I can get. I would appreciate any advice on what brands or models have a good reputation for being reliable in my price range. I would also be like to hear from others that have searched for a purchased a used 5er, how was your experience and any advice you can offer. Thanks for any help. Which ever 5th wheel you are looking at buying take it to a Good RV shop to have it completely checked out to make sure you know all the systems are working and if any repairs are needed. $200 to $300 could be well worth it. It will also give some peace of mind. As an adjunct, if a potential buyer wanted to hook up my fifth wheel and tow it to an RV dealer for an inspection I would tell them no. The effect for that type of action would be to talk me down on my price, and impart a huge inconvenience on me, plus take the trailer off the market for a while, let alone liability issues. I would sell it to the next person with the ability to inspect it himself on site and recognize the value that it is. Not worth it for a $20k sale.
Durb 02/28/21 08:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Harbor Freight - what happened to the 20% off coupons

At least without the free coupons you will not have to wait in line at the door with 30 geezers before the store opens, who are there to get a free $0.15 flashlight that doesn't work lol. Maybe, but how would you know that happens? :B
Durb 02/27/21 05:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Harbor Freight - what happened to the 20% off coupons

When things get tough, the advertising budget is usually one of the first things to go. I've seen other retailers go to "Everyday Low Pricing" and claim to lower their prices which they don't. Invariably, these programs fail and the retailers revert back to what works. It is too bad, I frequent HF a lot and always felt I received good value especially with the coupon. If I felt it was junk in the store I wouldn't buy it. I have a number of HF power tools, hydraulics and pumps which have always given me good service. I used one of their floor jacks yesterday. Our local Ace store is a rip with their prices being 30% more than even Home Depot which is no bargain.
Durb 02/25/21 09:20am Tech Issues
RE: Info on Casita trailers or Lance 1475

I was hoping that someone on this forum had a Casita that I could just step in and see if we could fit...Long Island NY, Conn, or NJ would be great. Thinking positive.... Dave & Lila Try They have an active Casita forum that can answer any question you want.
Durb 02/24/21 09:56am Travel Trailers
RE: Info on Casita trailers or Lance 1475

I prefer the quality of fiberglass construction yet would go with the Lance simply because of the dry bath. I also find the comfort of a good chair to be worthwhile over sitting at a booth during long rain storms. I had a fiberglass trailer (Bigfoot) and the resale prices are incredible. I believe some of the factory direct manufacturers can hook you up with a local owner to discuss or view their trailer. You may also want to look at Escape trailers.
Durb 02/21/21 11:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Why is 5th wheel standard vs Gooseneck?

I have a trailer Saver now (TS3). If I were to make a change I would consider the Goose Box as it has some real design advantages. The attachment point to the truck is low reducing the hitch angle which reduces the amount of chucking forces relative to bouncing forces created by the trailer. Consider the Goose Box image; the forward high hinge point relative to the ball will allow the hitch to retract some when compressed thus mitigating some chucking forces. Solid engineering was used when designing the box. Any type of soft joint hitch/pin box has to be easier on the trailer frame than a solid hitch and solid pin box.
Durb 02/21/21 10:50am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cordless blowers

I own a small Makita variable speed cordless blower. This is a quality unit and the variable speed allows you to place debris wherever you want it. I can actually blow off the stationary tools and move the dust to a pile on the floor. Next to the drill and impact driver, this is the cordless tool I use the most in my shop. Hard to imagine not having it. I also have a Makita two battery blower which is more powerful, but I use it considerably less as it is two speed and not as controllable. Great for blowing out the bed of the truck and, as others have mentioned, stoking fires with air.
Durb 02/20/21 03:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Andersen Hitch

I was in a campground and visited with the owner of your vintage RAM with the rear window broken out. He was using the Andersen hitch. He originally had the adapter facing rearward but his pin box was biting chunks out of his tailgate. He reversed it and took out his rear window when he was backing tight and dipped into a driveway.
Durb 02/17/21 12:49pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: surge protector and water filters

We have a water filter built in to our trailer. Every year when I winterize I remove the element so it can dry. After 13 years and hundreds of nights it appears the filter has not removed anything! We have the Progressive Dynamics EMS unit and it has activated a number of times. I'm assuming it might have paid for itself.
Durb 02/17/21 12:41pm Beginning RVing
RE: Sticker and residue removal

I used gorilla tape to hold a failed awning in place. Once removed, the tape left a terrible amount of residue. I used Tech brake cleaner from Walmart to clean it off. I was apprehensive at first but it cleaned easily with no damage to the fiberglass. This is a testimonial, not a recommendation.
Durb 02/13/21 11:32am General RVing Issues
RE: Air Bag Pressure

15 PSI, 2,000# on the pin, 41 gallon auxiliary tank and 300#+ hitch. I need some truck squat to get everything level.
Durb 02/13/21 11:26am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anyone towing 5ver with lifted truck?

I measured bed rail height on SRW 4X4 F350 at 60 1/2" and people make them work at that height. Fifth wheels are tall so people can stand in the front bedroom. If you did a frame lift of 4" on the trailer you would very well be over legal height plus all the other associated problems with the lift. I'm guessing your suspension is stiff so you can't rely on squat to give you some inches. I'm thinking after running the numbers and costs to mitigate height issues you will decide to go with a travel trailer. 65" plus 6" clearance would require a nearly 6 ft. high overhang. Maybe a custom built trailer. They do make dollies you could hook to your hitch and tow a fifth wheel.
Durb 02/11/21 03:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Need Help Deciding which feature for trailer

My kids had a trailer with both an outdoor kitchen and a rear door into the bathroom. They liked and used the outdoor kitchen a lot, especially the blender and refrigerator. One unfortunate opening of the outside bathroom door caused it to remain locked and unused.
Durb 02/09/21 08:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: TT brakes maintenance

Just checked my axles ratings, it’s saying 4,400 lbs for each axle. The weight of the TT is 6,700 lbs. Probably I am missing something here... how can one axle/wheel support all the weight? The trailer weighs 10,000 pounds. 2,000# on the pin so 8,000# on the tires. I still have 3 tires on the ground. At 3,400# per tire that comes to 10,200#. Plus, the load is static.
Durb 02/06/21 08:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fuel mileage

My 2004 Dodge Ram 1 ton dually averages 11.2 MPG round trip on almost every trip we take. This is pulling a 10k fifth wheel and always involves grades. I need to contact MarkTwain to find out what his secret is.
Durb 02/06/21 08:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th Wheel Broken Stud Theory

Do your buddies use cordless impact or air impacts when installing their lug nuts? They could be over torquing the studs from the outset and the torque wrench is just a placebo. A torque wrench has to move the fastener to be accurate.
Durb 02/05/21 09:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Mt. Ranier Washington Camping Recommentions?

Another vote for Mounthaven just a mile outside the Nisqually gate. My 5er is 32ft. and we fit fine. There were larger rigs there. Densely shaded so a single air conditioner would most likely work fine. Beautiful drive to the mountain which we did daily with our senior pass. Probably will be muddy if pouring rain.
Durb 02/05/21 09:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: TT brakes maintenance

The owners manual for my fifth wheel recommends using blocks or a ramp to use the other wheel to lift a tire off the ground. I use the Andersen Rapid Jack and it works great. Fast and easy plus the security of having the other wheel coupled to the ground. Downside is you can only work on one wheel at a time. I can do a bearing check and brake adjustment on all four in around half an hour.
Durb 02/05/21 09:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bigfoot (old vs new)

This is pure speculation on my part. I owned a 2004 Bigfoot trailer. The build sheet showed the trailer weight to be 500+ pounds more than the brochure weight. Everything was considered an option including the entrance step, double pane windows and on an on. They listed the weight of each item, even added 1.2 pounds for a bedspread. Could be they changed their marketing and added everything into the brochure weight and reducing the number of options. Can't see them skimping on the fiberglass shell. Excellent product.
Durb 02/03/21 08:06pm Truck Campers
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