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RE: Travel trailer warranties

The axles were marginal as most are in the biz. You were probably overloaded.(2 failures in a row) Good move on the 6K axles..... Another warranty fix would not have upgraded the axles anyway.So, in the fall of 2018, we bought a new Grand Design Imagine 2600 RL, in Grande Prairie Alberta, hauled it 15 hours home to Princeton BC, and parked it for the winter in the pole barn, for six months. Warranty ticking away spring, dug it out, back to Grande Prairie, another 15 hours, found the trailer odd looking on one side, pulled into the dealer we bought from, could find nothing wrong other than a distinct lean to the passenger side. Pulled it back home, and shortly thereafter, a trip to Williams lake, 6 hours away. Then 6 hours home, got under the trailer, discovered flattened springs, 57 hours total travel time, till a suspension failure. Called Grand Design, they urged me to call Dexter, as Dexter made the springs, did so....they asked me to ship the springs to them, wherever they are in the states, wouldn't warrant them otherwise. By now, I'm past the one year warranty period Dexter has on their springs and axles, so Grand Design steps up and ships me new springs and hardware, keep in mind they warrant the trailer for three years, BUT ONLY THE TRAILER, not the running gear, which by the way has 3500 lb axles under a 30 foot trailer. So, in go the new springs, under the pole barn for another winter, no mileage put on, till this spring, when I load up a full tank of water, groceries and head out to a spot about a hundred miles from here. Within 30 miles, I notice a bent rear axle, sure as ****, it is bent. Get home, call Grand Design, they politely tell me I'm out of luck, too far from the warranty and they'll do nothing, they suggest I call Dexter and I explain that I'm not about to go through that exercise again. So....monday its off to the shop, 6000lb axles and a dexter ez flex system, new wheels and tires, considerable expense on what is a new trailer with no miles on it. My post isn't to slag Grand Design, they have been helpful, it's to hilite the **** warranty program RV's fall under. When you buy a new car, all the suppliers for that car fall under the car builders warranty, in the rv business, I'm forced to deal with dexter, dometic, furrion, and everybody else who supplies parts separately from the trailer manufacturer, who has a three year warranty on the shell and interior. This system is garbage, really screws the owners who have legitimate issues by allowing the manufacturer an out when something isn't designed the way it should be. I understand that bent axles now are more common than uncommon, regardless of the maker, and we get screwed by having our units sit over the winter with the warranty clock ticking away, seems to me that if a trailer has a three year warranty, it should be for the entire unit. Opinions?
Huntindog 07/12/20 02:47am Travel Trailers
RE: Ford running out of diesel engines

There is roughly a 1500 lb difference trailer weight wise between a 6.4 Hemi with a 4.10 and a 6.7 CTD with 3.42's per the 2018 info that I have. What is the difference if they are both geared the same? I doubt that the gas motor even has 3.42s available..... And I can assure you that the diesel with 4.10s will embarrass the gas motor.
Huntindog 07/11/20 01:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford running out of diesel engines

Initial cost sounds like a big deal until you go to sell your used diesel , A five year old diesel will bring you back $4500 or 5,000 more when you go to sell . That’s great! You spent $10k on the diesel motor in the first place. Now you’re only $5,000 to $5,500 in the hole. :) I’ve only logged about 2.75 million miles, mostly in Ford Powerstrokes, and with today’s prices and poor fuel economy, there is no way a diesel will pay for itself or return money to offset the costs over any gas counterpart unless you tow heavy daily. For fun, i’m trying a 3.0L Stroke in an F150. I basically pulled a deal to get the truck where the Diesel engine was a pittance over the EcoBoost. At 25-28mpg, and diesel costing a solid 25 cents a gallon less than gas here, I’m not losing money, but I can’t say I’m laughing all the way to the bank... even at 40k+ miles a year (average, pre-Covid).What is your definition of 'tow heavy"? Last time I checked, no gas motor was rated to tow as much as a diesel..... And I am not talking about a few hundred pounds..... It ain't even close.
Huntindog 07/11/20 04:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: old furnace replacement help on ducts?

Would it be completely insane to cut a hole out of the bottom of the new furnace to line up with the hole in my floor?That would be the way I would do it. Make sure you measure many times befor cutting. You need to be sure that the inlet/outlet to the combustion chamber lines up with the holes you already have in the TT wall from the old furnace
Huntindog 07/10/20 03:37am Travel Trailers
RE: old furnace replacement help on ducts?

Huntindog 07/10/20 03:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Axle and Hub Question

Your spindle looks fine. I would replace the bearings with Timkens and go camping..... But first tell CW to take a hike. Appreciating everyone’s feedback. Can you tell me what makes Timkens special? Quality. The chinese ones are erractic in that dept. And by the time you find out you got a bad one, you have a big mess on your hands.
Huntindog 07/09/20 08:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: Axle and Hub Question

Your spindle looks fine. I would replace the bearings with Timkens and go camping..... But first tell CW to take a hike.
Huntindog 07/09/20 07:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Axle and Hub Question

Axles are pretty cheap. The last bare axle I bought was about 130.00... Now that is for a bare axle, but it isn't all that hare to do, and since you are already into the bearings, it is not that much more labor. If it is beyond your skillset.... Look for a better price.
Huntindog 07/09/20 03:38pm Travel Trailers
Moving on up

We have had 3 TTs since about 1992. A 75 Prowler, a 2001 Wilderness, and a 2010 Palomino Sabre. Got the text today that our new Grand Design Momentum 398M 5th wheel toyhauler has been built. It is going to the paint shop for the full body paint application which takes 2 weeks, and then it goes to my dealer. So I will likely be moving on to the TH/5th wheel forums. I suppose I will still check in on this forum often though as it has become sort of an online home. We had a LOT of fun with our TTs over the years, and are excited about the next chapter. Making memories is what RVing is all about. Take a look at the pic in my signature. My wifes 2006 record book Archery bull elk A 6x7 with 55" main beams and a 42.5" inside spread. We skinned it at night in front of our 2001 Wilderness.
Huntindog 07/08/20 03:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: GM HD Trucks Many with AWD instead of 4WD

My new truck has 4 choices: Auto/AWD, 2WD,4Hi,4 Low
Huntindog 07/08/20 01:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: DEF how old is too old?

I have an opened jug of DEF dated July 2019. Can't tell if that is a manufactured date or an expiration date. Any ideas? Or should I just breakdown, dump it and buy a fresh jug? IMO the risk reward ratio is not good $10 worth of def vs a huge repair bill if it goes bad in the tank
Huntindog 07/07/20 01:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I need new Tires

Thank you so much for the information and I look forward to some new safer tires on the trailer. I don't want to change the size of the rims...but let me look at what you all recommended and the cost if I did move to 16's.When I made the jump to LTs in 2006, I put my old tires/rims on craigs list. Got 150.00 within a couple of hours. Lots of landscapers always looking for trailer tires with rims. That can help defray the cost of making the jump. I have never looked back. One thing to be aware of though, 16s usually require 6 lug drums. You likely have those anyway on a 5ver though. It is the TTs that can go either way. One thing is for sure though... Going to 16s opens up a huge array of tires to choose from.
Huntindog 07/03/20 11:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Wheel Bearing Repack

My results don't vary, same as yours, using the Dexter seals , now around $9 ea. Last time I bought them they were less then that. Dexter axles are made in the US, I suspect so does the seals, will have to check next time . Also a double lip seal, and have never had any grease get by them, but then again I don't blindly pump grease into those easy lube bearings either . I never use that feature. I suspect thats where some get into trouble with blowing grease past the seals .FWIW, if the sealing surface of the shaft isn't damaged, you're not going to "blow grease past the seals" if you follow the instructions. IMO the EZ Lube feature isn't really needed, but it only causes trouble when there are other issues.The problem is that unless one has xray vision, one cannot tell if there are "other" issues.
Huntindog 06/28/20 01:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Waterproofing the 1/8" thick exposed plywood

I had to remove my propane tank on my 2006 5th Wheel yesterday. Same idea, open to the outside air underneath. I see the exact same setup that you have in your picture. However, after 14 years, it looks exactly the same, no rot, no degradation to the material. Not sure, but it sounds like you are fixing a problem that doesn't exist.Depends on how often one tows in nasty weather. I'd wager most here are fair weather campers. I am not. Just about always I am going somewhere on a specific date for a reason. And we just take whatever mother nature thows at us in stride... In fact when I am hunting I love nasty weather. It sends most everyone else home. Hunting is great with less people in the woods. I will look my new Momentum 398 over closely when it arrives.
Huntindog 06/26/20 01:32pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bed slide "flange" problems

That is what I think happens. The pinion gear tooth rides up over the rack tooth at the end of travel. I'll accept anyone else's explanation. The point is that the system stops when the slide is fully extended. There could be a built in ratchet that relieves the end of travel stress. It is not motor stall. The noticeable clunk is a giveaway that it is a mechanical separation of the motor and the slide. Am I the only one who has a system like this? Jeff What I am getting at is that there should be a mechanical stop, and it should be adjustable. It should mechanically stop just as the flange touches the wall. There should little to no pressure on the flange. As for your slides mechanics... I do not know, There are quite a few different ones out there
Huntindog 06/25/20 11:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bed slide "flange" problems

This as far as I know is rack and pinion. As the slide extends it hits the top and then the bottom/sides are pushed out until the pinion slips on the rack with a very noticeable clunk. My main slides are like this and they behave the same.How does the pinion "slip" on the rack?
Huntindog 06/24/20 12:31pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Wheel Bearing Repack

I just got an estimate from the local Goodyear dealer for $275 including seals. He is old school and honest. If they're Chinese bearings, I'll have him replace them with Timkens if they're available. JK Just updating my own post. I had it done and it was $437. $165 labor, and $272 for double lip seals from NAPA. I hope you meant Bearings AND seals. That is a ton of money just for seals
Huntindog 06/23/20 06:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Waterproofing the 1/8" thick exposed plywood

Don't stop at just the edge. fill the gap between the wood and what appears to be metal tubing. This is why I thought a spray on product would work better... Gravity is gonna fight you trying to get it into the crevices
Huntindog 06/23/20 05:07pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Wheel Bearing Repack

Costs me about $155 for two axles in the Wichita, KS area.That is cheap. Too cheap. That would be a price I would expect from a grease gun job.
Huntindog 06/23/20 12:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bed slide "flange" problems

The slides I have had all had mechanical stops in the mechanisms... They did not rely on the inside trim as yous appears to be doing. Look for such a stop.It should be adjustable.
Huntindog 06/23/20 09:31am Fifth-Wheels
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