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RE: Winter Travel on 101

101 down northern CA is an easy road to travel with a 5th wheel. A lot nicer drive than I5.
Lightning55 10/01/20 08:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pinbox moves?

He measured the half inch movement about the half way point of the pinbox just under the front edge of the trailer cap. It's probably more movement at the tip of the pinbox. He said the weight of the pinbox is probably less than 2000 lbs. We attempted to remove some of the body paneling around the pinbox to see but stopped because we were certain that we'd create some damage to the thin aluminum panels trying to remove them. I think he's going to call the dealer next.
Lightning55 09/28/20 08:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pinbox moves?

Wow....150 views but only TWO opinions??
Lightning55 09/27/20 07:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Near tragic event!!

You'll probably never know the cause for sure, but I think most likely fatigued wheel studs from over tightening was the bottom line cause. I'd be worried about all the other wheels having stretched studs.
Lightning55 09/27/20 11:19am Fifth-Wheels
Pinbox moves?

A friend has a Jayco 5th wheel that's about 4 years old and noticed that the pinbox seemed to move up and down over bumps. He couldn't remember ever noticing this before. Suspicious that something wasn't right, he raised and lowered the trailer off the truck and measured that the pinbox moved up and down 1/2 inch from the cap of the 5th wheel. He says it doesn't seem to pull any differently but I don't think this is normal. I'm no expert but it seems to me that the pinbox should remain firm with the trailer and not move, even slightly. Sounds to me like the pinbox is loose or broken away from the frame work of the trailer. Unfortunately, you can't see up in there without removing all the paneling around the pinbox which isn't as easy as it sounds. Does this sound like something serious?
Lightning55 09/27/20 10:52am Fifth-Wheels
Roof seams starting to crack

I know this subject has been out there many times but it's now my time to think about doing some resealing on my 5th wheel. It's 3 years old, does not have any evidence of leaking but I noticed that some of the caulking on the roof seams are cracking a little in places, especially where the front cap meets the roof. I guess the question is: am I short cutting this by resealing just the cracks that I see or should I make this a big job by resealing all of the joints? If I do it all, can I re-caulk over the original without digging it all out and starting over? If I have to do it all, should I use Dicor Lap sealant or Eternabond?
Lightning55 08/28/20 05:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Duramax tuner

Thanks for the input. I don't want to tamper with the emissions systems on this truck. It's amazingly clean out of the tailpipe. I can take a white cloth and rub the inside of the tailpipe and it's perfectly clean. I just thought if I could crank up the performance for a few hundred bucks and cause no harm to the motor or trans, I'd go for it. I'll look into Duramaxtuner. There are so many companies out there doing this that it's a little confusing.
Lightning55 08/07/20 06:02pm Tow Vehicles
Duramax tuner

Has anyone out there used a tuner/programmer on their Duramax? I tow a Jayco 37'FW with my 2013 Sierra 2500HD Duramax it does a good job but I'm wondering about doing some performance enhancements. I'm considering buying a Banks Automind 2 Programmer. Does anyone have any experience with this tuner or others? Reviews are all over the board so not sure which direction to go. It's got good power now, but more is always better and any improvement in fuel consumption would be great.
Lightning55 08/07/20 11:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Storage space vs phoney fireplace.

When we first bought our first trailer with the fake electric fireplace we thought it was a little silly until we used it a few times. It does a great time of maintaining a comfortable temp in the trailer, is QUIET and adjustable to only come on when necessary. We don't think is so silly anymore.
Lightning55 06/28/20 05:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Electric Bikes???

I just bought a Lectric XP so I could keep up with the grandkids when we went camping. This thing is awesome. Now they can't keep up with me! It's a folding bike with 4" fat tires. Very well made and the best bang for the buck on the market.
Lightning55 06/27/20 08:02am General RVing Issues
RE: New Truck 4x4 or 4x2 ??

I've always felt that I needed a 4x4 but I have to admit in all my years camping I have never needed it. Like others have said, resale on a 4x4 is much better and will sell much faster.
Lightning55 05/15/20 08:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: The normal things we miss?

I miss going out to dinner. Also not being able to take out my FW.
Lightning55 05/05/20 08:20am Around the Campfire
RE: The normal things we miss?

I miss my weekend day trips. I enjoy jumping in the car and heading to the coast or mountains for the day.
Lightning55 04/27/20 09:14am Around the Campfire
RE: 2500 HD or 3500 HD?

You really should be looking at NEW also. New has longer warranty and YOU know how it was treated. Most likely not a lot of difference in price. I looked at a new Denali 2005HD Duramax yesterday and it had a sticker of nearly $79k!! In this environment you should get that truck around 63K. $16k off? Wishful thinking. Maybe $10-11k off but that's still over my budget.
Lightning55 04/20/20 08:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2500 HD or 3500 HD?

You really should be looking at NEW also. New has longer warranty and YOU know how it was treated. Most likely not a lot of difference in price. I looked at a new Denali 2005HD Duramax yesterday and it had a sticker of nearly $79k!!
Lightning55 04/19/20 11:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Lifted truck

My tire guy talked me out of lifting my 2500, even a leveling kit. He says okay on a 1500 but a lifted 2500 will jar your teeth out when not towing.
Lightning55 04/19/20 09:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone have a favorite RV wax ???

I have been using Meguiars Flagship Marine Clearner Wax for a few years and then the Same Premium Wax. Wipe on, let it dry a few minutes and wipe off and it always left a very reflective shine. UV resistant is a plus. I wax once a year and use the Cameco Wash and Wax and it always cleans it up and shines again. I also use Meguiars Marine Wax. Easy to apply and wipe off and gets great results and has the UV protection that I wanted for my FW front cap that I had painted last year.
Lightning55 04/19/20 03:39am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2500 HD or 3500 HD?

Thanks for all the input guys. I should have said that I'm looking at a used GM truck rather than new. There are not a lot of choices out there but I've found both a 2018 2500HD and a 3500HD that I'm considering. I just couldn't see myself driving around in a one ton truck but I've learned that there are very few differences in the two other than rear suspension. Right now I'm leaning toward the 2500 because it's a loaded Denali and really nice...but more $$.
Lightning55 04/19/20 03:28am Tow Vehicles
2500 HD or 3500 HD?

I have a 5th wheel that I tow with a 2013 Sierra 2500HD SLE Duramax. It does a fine job of towing but I want to upgrade to a nicer equipped truck with the newer generation 6.6L motor. I don't exceed the weight limits on my 2500 but I've been told that the 3500 actually rides better than my truck and has higher towing limits if I ever decide to get a bigger FW. Other than the rear suspension, the 3500 is the same as the 2500, so I'm told. The 2018 LTZ that I'm looking at looks like a locomotive by comparison to my GMC, even though it's not. I have other cars but I really like driving around in the truck even when not towing. I just don't want to over kill on my truck and feel like I'm driving around in a Freighliner. I guess I really don't need greater towing capacity but like the idea of a better ride when not towing. Anyone have a 3500 and wish they got a smaller,lighter truck?
Lightning55 04/13/20 01:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The camping industry is going to be hit hard

I get it but from a more selfish perspective....maybe now I'll be able to get reservations at some of the more popular spots.
Lightning55 04/12/20 04:15pm General RVing Issues
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