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RE: Can you retreat gas with stabil to extend protection?

Another recommendation for StarTron. It was recommended to me over Stabil by someone working on my pontoon outboard years ago. I've used it on the boat motors and for my small gas engines that sit for a long time since. I also make sure to use non-oxygenated gas in these.
MNRon 12/03/20 07:36am Tech Issues
RE: Traveling with ebikes

We’ve traveled 15k+ miles over the last two years with ebikes on a rack using a cover we purchased from Walmart for ~$60 (Formosa brand). The cover does a great job, wouldn’t travel without it unless it was a short drive on a nice day. Get one
MNRon 11/27/20 07:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: Blue DEF

I have over 150,000 on my 2013 Silverado. Prefer to pump at truck stop because gets *full* and is cheaper. But have probably put in ~half of the DEF I’ve used from the blue boxes because of convenience. I usually have one in the back of truck when hauling 5er and often have ‘recycled’ it by filling tank and empty DEF container at truck stop.
MNRon 11/27/20 03:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 10/3 Wire split

I’m with Bumpyroad. As long as conductors aren’t damaged I’d just do a better electrical tape job around both conductors (a couple thicknesses of tape provides much more than 120v protection); then electrical tape over the whole “surgery”. Finally, you need to protect it from the type damage that occurred - that depends on space and what’s around; heat shrink probably sufficient, but only if nothing sharp or a rub hazard as it bounces down the road. Worst case you could encase it in a sleeve of pvc or something more protective. If I was to bother with more, I’d probably replace the whole length of wire. Although box and wire nuts would be fine, frankly the wire nut junction has more potential for failure than a good tape up job on what you already have. My 2 cents...
MNRon 11/07/20 08:39pm Tech Issues
RE: toilet seal

On a prior 5er, the pedal started to immediately open the hole as well as the bowl not holding water. The fix was to tighten the bolts compressing the seal better (additional resistance on seal would allow bowl filling function to work without opening hole, and additional compression sealed better). Worked for few years after tightening until we traded in. On our new 5er, I let the bowl dry out when storing and it started leaking (not holding water). I cleaned seal and lubed with vegetable oil. It worked fine again. Since then (a year or more ago) when storing for more than a couple weeks I empty and place 1/2” of vegetable oil in toilet. It doesn’t evaporate, and keeps the seal lubed. Working great.
MNRon 10/13/20 08:16am Tech Issues
RE: Front Rock Shield

Have you considered coating the front bottom with LineX or similar? I’ve seen a few like this that look nice and will consider if/when mine starts to get chipped up.
MNRon 09/22/20 03:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Multiple blowouts in short time

How heavy is your rig? How fast do you drive? Why do they want you to replace rims? We’ve had great luck with Sailun G’s for the last 5yrs on a 15k lb 5er, and now a 16k one. Have pulled 25-30k miles on them last trailer, and ~5-10k on this one so far. Cost me <$800 to purchase and mount 5 of them last winter.
MNRon 09/22/20 11:39am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Real-life experience blocks to aid 6-point leveling system

Regarding lifting wheels off of the ground - MORryde lifted our 16,000lb coach with the 6pt LIppert levelers for two day while they removed our suspension and replaced it with IS. I also have lifted each side completely to do bearings and replace tires (always have jack stand under ‘just in case’ if I go under). We’ve also camped many times where one side is lifted off of the ground. I’m not concerned at all about having hydraulic levelers supporting the whole weight of vehicle (have safety backup if You go under). We do have IS suspension though, might be concerned about inverting leaf spring suspensions if wheels are far enough off of ground.
MNRon 09/21/20 02:20pm Fifth-Wheels
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
RE: SEWER HOSE STORAGE

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
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