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RE: We have a toilet issue......

Vaseline is petroleum based, I would not put that on rubber gaskets. I agree with Old-Biscuit, but I’ve used vegetable oil to rejuvenate a seal that leaked. Additionally I recommend putting an inch of vegetable oil in the toilet to keep the seal in good condition if you store for a while. It will keep the seal lubricated, and it won’t evaporate.
MNRon 09/18/20 07:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Real-life experience blocks to aid 6-point leveling system

We don’t carry additional blocking, nice to have more room in the basement. Initially carried 10x10 pads, but stopped doing that when we put snap-pads on (highly recommended), again nice to have more basement space now and great/quick setup without placing pads. We usually stay at state or city parks, very seldom paved, and haven’t had a problem in two years of traveling halftime (30+k miles, throughout NW, SW, Midwest, South and Canada)
MNRon 09/18/20 01:39pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: tire pressure

If your 5er is properly tired, I’d recommend airing up to sidewall psi (cold) as stated above and then using some type of TPMS to ensure it doesn’t start dropping precipitously. If you’re properly tired, you don’t have to worry if you get up on a cold day and it’s 5psi lower, you just drive. But again, recommend you inflate to sidewall psi and use TPMS
MNRon 09/12/20 07:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Water refill when dry camping

I purchased a cheap (~$10) drill driven hose pump to use for that situation a few years ago. Can’t say how it works though as we have been able to refill our fresh through hookups or moving and haven’t needed to use it yet.
MNRon 08/26/20 01:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: advice on 5th wheel hitch option

Superglides are a great hitch and their customer support is top notch. It will automatically move the pin back to prevent punching out the rear window on your truck. The wrap around latch gives me peace of mind and holds well, if I have to put the truck in neutral after chalking to relieve pressure to release it I don’t find that to be a big deal. As mentioned above, in years and many thousands of miles and hundreds of campsites we’ve been VERY happy with ours and would recommend it to anyone. The straight unhitching thing isn’t as big of an issue as one would expect after using it. To be objective, the Superglide is heavy and does cost a lot. Trade offs most of its users are comfortable with. It’s your money, and your decision. Gather real experiences and choose what’s best for you.
MNRon 08/26/20 01:17pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Mt Graham {Arizona}...

Spent Memorial Day weekend at the top of Mt Graham camping in the back of a Subaru in the late 1980’s. It was a harrowing drive, but we seemed to have the mountain to our own...and had snow too :)
MNRon 08/22/20 07:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: advice on 5th wheel hitch option

Cummins is correct about the finicky nature of the Superglide hitching/unhitching within ~15deg of straight. I was originally concerned about that but have gotten used to it and don’t consider it to be much of an impediment. We’ve traveled ~75,000 miles in the last 6 years, and typically travel about half-time changing sites on average of once or twice a week (at least half the time at state parks or similar). In all of that time only once did I need to disconnect at an angle, it only requires pulling two cotter pins and disconnecting the hitch plate. Wouldn’t want to do it every time, but it wouldn’t scare me away from getting this autoslider for peace of mind.
MNRon 08/22/20 12:33pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: advice on 5th wheel hitch option

I also have a 2013 Chevy short bed. Have used the Pullrite Superglide for the last 6yrs on two different 5ers. Love it. Highly recommended. I know some say it’s not needed IF you’re careful. I agree, it’s not needed UNTIL it is. I know a few people that have punched out rear windows when they weren’t that careful just once. Just two days ago I had to make a tight turn on a turnout I mistakenly took. Looked back at corner of 5er a couple inches from truck window (2019 VL 5er has rounded corners etc) and was VERY glad I had Pullrite, and that it did it’s job automatically. If I end up with another SB truck in a few years, it will also have a Pullrite installed.
MNRon 08/22/20 08:32am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tires

If you’ve had a blowout, you won’t be sorry going up to G’s. As others have said, Sailuns are a very good tire at a reasonable price. I put some on my HitchHiker 5yrs ago, and earlier this year just put them on my Vilano. I’ve been very happy with them on ~16k lb 5ers
MNRon 08/10/20 10:53am Fifth-Wheels

Our HitchHiker had a separate exterior compartment with a mesh bottom to hold the sewer hose. Loved it! Wish that all manufacturers would put one of these in. After using a tub in the basement on our new Vilano a couple years ago I cut a door into the skirt and build a similar storage compartment for the hose.
MNRon 06/13/20 06:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Stainless steel screws

Mdryden - you’re good, no worries
MNRon 05/17/20 05:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Stainless steel screws

I’ve also put many (hundreds) of stainless screws into aluminum, on RVs and a couple pontoon boats. Certainly the screws into aluminum on the boats saw water. Have never had an issue.
MNRon 05/16/20 06:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: BIL with Superglide drops his trailer

Same as comments above. I've pulled with a Superglide for 6yrs and 50k+miles and love the hitch. Can't believe it was anything but operator error. Look to make sure pull lever in all the way in, check to see that wrap-around jaws are around kingpin and that you're not high-hitched. If you do both of these things I can't imagine how the Superglide could fail. Maybe there's a way, but I can't imagine it. Always double-check the wrap-around covers the kingpin and not high-hitched, ESPECIALLY if it's been a while or you're distracted.
MNRon 04/27/20 04:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Westlake tires

Purchased a 2019 Vilano in August 2018 that came with Westlake G's. I previously had put Sailuns on my HitchHiker and was very happy with them. So I was nervous about this unknown "Westlake" brand. I did a lot of research on the internet and found issues on E rated tires (overloaded I believe) but didn't find any problems on Westlake Gs. I have a TPMS so I decided to run them for a few years and then trade out to Sailuns. My VL comes in at about 16,000 lbs. I ran the Westlake G's for a year and a half and 20k miles with no issues. Was happy with them. A month ago I picked up a nail in one that wasn't pluggable. Given I was planning on replacing them in a couple years and could get all four new Sailuns for $700 where I was I elected to replace all and now have Sailuns again. A little bit more 'piece of mind' but honestly I think the Westlake G's performed well and would run again if the unit came with them (provided I had TPMS, which I'd recommend for any tire). I think the bad rap that some give Westlake is an E issue, not a Westlake issue, on heavy rigs. If they were mine, I would run them for a while unless I had $ burning a hole in my pocket
MNRon 04/07/20 07:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anyone seen a Van Leigh???

Lantley - I don’t disagree with you, but after looking determined VL was the best available (too bad NuWa went out of business). We planned to put MORRyde IS and Kodiak brakes on before we put money down on the VL. Wish it came that way, but mine now has what I want.
MNRon 04/03/20 10:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anyone seen a Van Leigh???

We purchased a 2019 320GK Vilano in August of 2018 after looking and seriously comparing with Grand Design and Montana. What sets VL significantly apart is the solid wood cabinetry, it looks very nice. We've traveled ~35% of the time we've had it for >20k miles. We previously had a 2005 HitchHiker and didn't want to step down in quality and construction. Overall we're very satisfied with the VL. 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) and added 630AHr Lifeline AGMs and Magnum inverter to run everything. I've also made MANY modifications to make it ours. We're on our 3rd Furrion fireplace and second Furrion audio, Furrion has been very responsive but it's too bad we had problems. Similarly for a handful of minor issues VanLeigh has been very responsive, and an affiliated, but independent, service center in Tishmingo is TOP NOTCH. We live in an RV community in TN and see MANY different coaches here. Our VL 5er has had some minor issues, but no worse than Entegra, Newmar, and other new high-end coaches all around us. Would we buy a VL again - Yes: they make a good unit, have lots of nice features, LOVE the cabinetry, and provide good support
MNRon 04/02/20 07:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: AC easy start.

I don’t have it, but believe the MicroAir Easystart kit on Amazon to be the “best” but not cheap ($300). Not sure that that will guarantee you can run your AC on a 2K genny though, especially if at any altitude.
MNRon 03/07/20 03:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Electric heated water hose

We don’t ever use one as we run out of our tank. Hose is only used a few minutes each week to fill the tank. :) If I had an expensive heated hose I’d only use it when necessary, and use a cheaper one most of the time.
MNRon 03/03/20 05:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Homeless people coming to your favorite campground!

CavemanCharlie - it takes a big man to recognize when you’ve gone too far and apologize. I applaud you, and wish that we all had the humility to admit when we were wrong, our country would be a better place. Thanks for stepping up I went to far with this post and I apologize. After reading the OP's post I jumped to the conclusion that a lot of people on this site think that if you are a working class person with a older RV that you must be homeless, a drug addict, a person to be feared, a person with a mean dog, or, in some other way, a bad person in general. I should not have generalized all RV owners like that and I'm sorry.
MNRon 02/22/20 09:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Homeless people coming to your favorite campground!

Moderators - unfortunately might be time to shut this one down. There are jerks across the spectrum in America, just like there are good, kind people across the spectrum. I would love our country to be kinder and more empathetic, but don’t think we should tolerate intolerance. People that “love to piss others off” are hurting our country regardless of where they are on the socioeconomic ladder.
MNRon 02/22/20 11:29am General RVing Issues
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