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RE: Service Unavailable

It's only been going on for 15 years, so it will probably be fixed any day now. I only started having an issue with it in past few months. Now that I use the GS portal it hasn't happened again.
JTrac 06/13/20 06:13pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2020 Pinnacle 36SSWS - Fresh drinking water system

We picked up our Pinnacle 32RLTS Friday. A very thorough 3 hour walk PDI and that system was explained. I just wish I had paid closer attention. My problem is I'm not sure about the system as a whole. It is something extra to mess with but I do like the idea of have fresh drinking water and ice available. We generally don't drink water straight from the tap and have used a Britta for a number of years while traveling. My concern is once you have used the 5 gallons unless you have access to a refill it's back to the Britta. I found a couple of Jayco owners forums that you may want to consider joining. You may be more likely to get Jayco specific info. Congratulations on your new 32RTLS! We are fortunate enough to have a reverse osmosis system at the house so we can fill it at home. It should be okay for our weekend trips. Once retirement and longer trips come, we will probably use a Brita after the 5 gallons runs out. Not sure if you saw my post but I found the pump and switch late last night while putting things away. On the floor of the island...UNDER THE BOTTOM DRAWER!!! Who designed this?? Our 5 gallon bottle was not attached at this point but I did turn on the motor. Seems very loud but maybe because no water running thru it!! It is loud and on our PDI the tech said it re-pressurizes every so often. He said it can be a bit noisy in the middle of the night. We have a dual filter system at home we will use to fill it. We have been looking for 6 months and just liked the features and maybe a little better construction, we'll see. We spent almost all day at a show in January going in and out of a bunch but kept going back to the Pinnacle. We visited a bunch of dealers, slowed down for a while due to the virus and then picked it back up a few weeks ago. We finally narrowed it down to a Grand Design Solitude and the Pinnacle. Either would have probably worked but the wife did like the Insignia range/ovens Jayco is using. We wanted something in the 34 to 36 foot range which the 32RLTS fits nicely. I have crawled all over and under it the past 2 days and haven't seen anything that gives me concern. This is fifth wheel number 8 for us in our 49 years of marriage and probably our last. We hope we got it right.
JTrac 06/07/20 08:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Service Unavailable

Thanks, the Good Sam portal seems to work.
JTrac 06/07/20 11:21am Fifth-Wheels
Service Unavailable

About half the time when using this site I get a message that the service is temporarily unavailable. If I try again I may or may not get it. I would say I get that message about 50% of the time. This is something new that has been happening over the last month or so. I used to not have any problems and it is the only site that does it. I use Google Chrome. Anyone have any idea what I'm doing wrong?
JTrac 06/07/20 06:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2020 Pinnacle 36SSWS - Fresh drinking water system

We picked up our Pinnacle 32RLTS Friday. A very thorough 3 hour walk PDI and that system was explained. I just wish I had paid closer attention. My problem is I'm not sure about the system as a whole. It is something extra to mess with but I do like the idea of have fresh drinking water and ice available. We generally don't drink water straight from the tap and have used a Britta for a number of years while traveling. My concern is once you have used the 5 gallons unless you have access to a refill it's back to the Britta. I found a couple of Jayco owners forums that you may want to consider joining. You may be more likely to get Jayco specific info.
JTrac 06/07/20 06:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anyone order a new Ford 7.3 gas?

Go to Ford-trucks.com and look for 2017 + Super Duty Forum and scroll thru many pages of posts about Super Duty's. It's a very active site. There are several reports on the 7.3, towing and not towing. Sorry, I'm not sure how to post a link or I would have done that.
JTrac 05/20/20 07:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Fifth-Wheel Movie night

God forbid, but we have discussed using ours as a quarantine place if anyone in our family gets the virus. Also, since it has a residential fridge we've discussed using it as extra fridge space. Since it's just us two so far it has not been needed. I did replace the tv with a new one just last month so maybe we do need to give it a try but with it stored in doors I don't think the Winegard Trav'ler would like it when it hit one of the trusses.
JTrac 04/08/20 07:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anyone seen a Van Leigh???

MNRon Wrote:"We did add MorRyde IS suspension and Kodiak disc brakes (original suspension had several issues on-line, and we were very happy with IS we had on HH)" You hit the nail on the head once you upgrade the suspension and brakes the Vilano becomes a decent upscale unit. Owners need to demand these items and not buy units with inadequate brakes and questionable suspensions. I don't fault you for upgrading I just think its a shame to have to replace the suspension and brakes on a brand new unit. Maybe progress is being made. There was a time when one needed to replace the tires on brand new units to avoid blowouts caused by the poor quality OEM tires. Experienced owners have come to realize that you need to be more concerned about the structural integrity vs. the latest brochure features. Who needs whole house internet,surround cameras, and a 3rd A/C if the axles are marginally sized and the spring mounts are inadequate. Give me factory disc brakes not insufficient electro magnetic truck pushers. Don't tell me it's a top of the line unit because it has soft close cabinets but yet the frame is weak and improperly welded. If Vilano really want to raise the bar. They will build a brand new unit that does not need to go to the suspension shop to have adequate running gear and brakes installed. Again MNRon I don't fault you for upgrading, I fault Vilano for building an alleged top of the line unit that needs upgrading. Amen, brother.
JTrac 04/02/20 07:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Larger replacement fuel tanks for gas trucks

Ford is 34 gallon on their short beds and 48 on the long's.
JTrac 03/15/20 06:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: The new ride came in

I like it! What are the towing and payload numbers? Thanks! Kevin towing - 20,000# conventional towing 21,700# fifth wheel 5461# payload per sticker 30,000# GCWR Before someone questions your numbers I think the payload is 4561, not 5461. You would think your computer would know better and do an auto correct. I got you beat by one pound at 4562. I'm going into my 3rd month with mine and the performance beats anything I have ever owned. Congratulations and let us know how it performs for you. It's a beautiful truck.
JTrac 03/09/20 06:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Montana vs. Arctic Fox vs. Grand Design

We've looked at Redwood, GD Solitude, Vilano and Jayco Pinnacle in our kind of interested search. We found some things we did not like and some we did. All of them seem lacking in certain areas. Kitchen, bathroom and bedroom storage and closet space are important to the wife and only one in the 34 to 37 foot range we are considering checked all the boxes. That was the Pinnacle. They made some changes with the 2020's to improve the frame, use Dexter axles and US made Goodyear Endurance tires. But, they use electric slide mechanisms instead of hydraulic and do not offer disc brakes. They do have a 2 year warranty. We are going to see a GD 344GK tomorrow to see how it compares. An Arctic Fox 325M might be a good one to consider but the nearest dealer is 400 miles from us. I did do some calling to see about pricing. One of our absolutes is a residential fridge and NW refuses to do it. The dealer I talked to even asked it they could get one without the Norcold or whatever they use and the dealer would install a residential for us. NW said no. I think they target the boon docking crowd instead of us wimpy full hook up types.
JTrac 03/01/20 03:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Gooseneck or 5th wheel

Lippert approves the use of the Reese Goose Box with their frames and since most fifth wheels made today have frames by Lippert, probably works on most of them. The 20K Goose Box weighs 225 pounds so it is substantial. Gen-Y also makes one which uses a rubber torsion system instead of the air bag like the Goose Box. On another forum a fellow who has a New Horizons being built said NH was going to test the Gen-Y version on their fifth wheels but the hole patterns did not match up so it was being delayed. The beauty of those systems is there is no hitch to store, whether its lightweight or not. Just a 5 pound or so ball to remove. A traditional style hitch, an Andersen type or Goose Box/Gen-Y all accomplish the same thing. My guess is failures are extremely rare. All that matters is if you like it and are comfortable with it.
JTrac 02/27/20 12:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ford Puck System

Simple. You will see 5 holes with plastic covers. The 4 corner holes are used for mounting a fifth wheel hitch. The center hole is for a goose neck ball. If you don't have the holes you don't have the puck system. If you do the bracings are all underneath the bed. All you will see in the bed is the holes.
JTrac 02/20/20 07:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Quest for the perfect 5th wheel

Their downside for the wife is they absolutely will not do a residential fridge. That is a deal breaker for her. We had several repeat bad experiences with a Norcold in a previous motorhome we owned. Good luck with your search. did you mean without a residential fridge? Of course that is what I meant. Leaving out one word changes the whole meaning. Should have said "without" a residential fridge. We lost food several times with the Norcold double door 12cf gas/electric. We changed it out to a Samsung 18cf before we sold the motorhome and that is what we have in our current fifth wheel. It cools down quickly and stays there. Plus there's plenty of room for our occasional 5 to 6 week trips.
JTrac 02/07/20 08:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Quest for the perfect 5th wheel

We are in no hurry but at some point are looking to get something in the 34 to 38 feet overall length range. We looked over several at a recent show. The Cedar Creek did not quite measure up in our opinion. Our two favorites were a Redwood and a Solitude, in that order. The model of Solitude we would like to see was not at the show as was not the Redwood so we just looked at how they were laid out and put together. You just can't see what is hidden but with just a cursory look we liked the Redwood best. It appears their 3401RL would be a nice fit for us and our truck so it will be on the list. What I would love to consider is an Artic Fox 32-5M but without traveling hundreds of miles we will never see one. Their downside for the wife is they absolutely will not do a residential fridge. That is a deal breaker for her. We had several repeat bad experiences with a Norcold in a previous motorhome we owned. Good luck with your search.
JTrac 02/06/20 09:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2020 vs '17-'19 Ford 6.7

I added SRW to my signature. Should have thought of that before.
JTrac 02/05/20 06:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 vs '17-'19 Ford 6.7

I came from a 17 F350 dual to what you see now. The driving experience is a quite a bit different. First, the seat of pants feel of the torque is very noticeable. Throttle response is quite a bit better. Not a fair comparison with the dually but I'm getting 20 plus mpg highway and 15 to 16 in town driving vs 15 or so highway and 13 in town for the 17. The 10 speed is very smooth. It's almost like driving the wife's Subaru Ascent with the continuously variable transmission. The steering is the biggest improvement. It is very solid and has the right feel for whatever speed. I had bump steer in the 17 from day one and finally changed the steering damper to a new Fox and it went away. It still tended to drift at highway speeds but wasn't something that bothered me too much. I intentionally drove over some rough roads when I got the 20 and not a hint of bump steer and there is no drifting at highway speeds. The ride is much improved also. I'm not sure what Ford did but it feels more forgiving with the bumps. It could be I'm comparing a single rear wheel to a dually but I do like it.
JTrac 02/05/20 06:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: F350 Super Duty vs 3500 Denali vs The Ike Pulling 30k lbs

Did Ford send a ringer or perhaps a better way to say it is did Ford send a prototype 2020 that doesnt have "customer available" tuning? It will be interesting to see what Ram does, if it hits where it theoreticly should for its power spec, it would suggest that either Ford is out performing their advertised power rating or they gave these guys a "hot" pickup to test. Given that Ford has historicly underperformed it would suggest a change in philosophy by Ford if it is the former. I wonder if in years past having the best spec was great for advertising and no way for anyone to really challenge that. Now that these internet runs up big hills are so highly viewed, you cant just throw numbers out there, you actually have to back it up or you get called out for bogus power numbers. Maybe Ford has taken the approach that outperforming in these shootouts will serve them better than showing big numbers in ads but lackluster perfomance in the internet pull offs. If their goal is to be dominate on these runs , they certainly achieved it. Ultimately the Duramax probably did as could be expected (I will leave that to others to define) given its lower numbers. However, Ford's Hero run up the hill made the Dmax look anemic by comparison. From what I'm hearing the Power Stroke is under rated. A game I'm sure the others have played. Another nice bonus is some are reporting improved fuel economy with the new Power Stroke as well. I haven't had mine long enough to really get a feel for it but on a couple of 100 mile plus trips that included several stop lights and a little in town driving I got 19.5 on one trip and 20.2 on the other. I'm getting about 15.5 around town. I didn't buy it for the mileage but it is a bonus compared to what I was getting with my previous Ford. My problem is keeping my foot out of it. It feels like it wants to fly. I'm anxious to get the fifth wheel hooked up but waiting on a new hitch to arrive next week.
JTrac 02/01/20 06:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: 5th wheel hitches

I am looking to get a new F350 and hitch. I have had the Reese which served me well, but I am looking at the Blue Ox super ride. https://www.blueoxtowbars.com/categories/Blue_Ox_Fifth_Wheel_Hitches,1688 It appears strong (20K), light and innovative. Anyone with experience with it? I know its new, but I hope some one had some experience with it. If so please be speicic about pros and cons. Thanks. I asked about this hitch sometime back and I don't remember getting any responses. They look great and I like the design but then discovered they aren't so light weight. According to the website the hitch that attaches to a goose neck ball weighs 210 pounds and the model for rails is 180 pounds. I was looking to replace my Trailer Saver BD3 because it was getting heavy for me at 160 pounds, even though it does separate in 2 pieces. I have a Reese Goose Box on order so all I will have to lift is the 5 pound goose neck ball.
JTrac 01/31/20 08:32pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel hitches

I checked on the Reese Goose Box. It says made to CSA (Canadian Standards Association) and SAE J2638 standards. Good to know. Thanks for pointing this out.
JTrac 01/29/20 10:15pm Fifth-Wheels
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