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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
RE: Homeless people coming to your favorite campground!

Sorry, not trying to turn this political with my last post...but...trying to get each of us to look at ourselves in the mirror and try to help advocate for improvement for this segment of our population instead of just trying to push them into a corner we don’t have to see...
MNRon 02/21/20 07:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Homeless people coming to your favorite campground!

While I understand and ~agree with the sentiment of this string... Last week at a AZ regional park a school bus pulled in next to us. He also had an old Suburban and a trailer full of what looked like junk. My initial reaction was similar to this thread. One day I was changing a tire on my ebike which cost more than most of what my neighbor seemed to own. Out of nowhere ‘Kenny’ approached me, along with some “no flat” solution he had left over and a couple of tools to loan me along with some advice. Kenny looked “down and out” as you might expect. But he was a caring human being who made me recognize myself and turned my indignation into shame. We are all God’s children, many of us more fortunate than others (and more fortunate than we really deserve if we admit it). I do my best (imperfectly) to view others with compassion instead of thinking I’m better than they are...
MNRon 02/21/20 07:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Electric Fire Places

Had one in our HH. Before getting it I thought it was crazy. After using it a fireplace was a “must have” in our current camper. They are basically a large expensive electric heater. But do add some ambiance, and we use it all the time to take the chill out in morning or evenings.
MNRon 02/08/20 02:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Morryde Step Above

Have MORRyde’s step with the lift assist. Have used it for ~1.5yrs and 15-20k miles, love them and would buy again. We keep a brush handy to clean them before putting up. Was concerned about space needed to swing out in parking lot etc but this has never been an issue.
MNRon 01/19/20 08:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: melting plug

Question for those wiser than me: If plug is melting (I assume he means one of the electrodes in the plug) that is evidence of too much heat at that point. That heat is caused by current and resistance, right? IF the electrode has a solid connection into the socket why would a loose connection downstream cause that contact point to overheat? A short downstream would trip a breaker before current got crazy. A loose connection could cause lots of current spikes, potentially too short to trip a breaker, but I would expect the arcing (and associated heating/melting) to be at the point of the loose connection. If the plug electrode were solidly connected to the receptacle I wouldn’t think it would be a point of excessive heating. With all that said, a plug connection will have some resistance but I would expect that to be much smaller than the resistance of the downstream intermittent connection. So again that is where I would expect arcing and melting. Long way to say I think that if he’s having melting of his plug electrode, I would be looking for reasons it wasn’t making a solid connection and result in arcing there, not be looking first for downstream issues. What am I missing?
MNRon 01/12/20 06:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: melting plug

Not suggesting user error, but are you hot plugging or removing a lot (put plug in or out with pedestal power switch on and heavy loads on); or is your plug shape preventing you from fully inserting it in the socket? Somehow you are getting more resistance (heat) at your contact.
MNRon 01/11/20 08:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Larger 5th wheels in/on state and federal parks

Looked up the specs on the CC38efk you’re looking at. 41ft 8in, so actually closer to 42ft...see my comments above. More importantly, it says dry pin weight of 2700lbs, dry weight of 14.4k and gross of 18klbs. Pretty much guarantee you will be over your rear axle weight if you get an SRW. My VL 320GK has a “dry pin” of 2600, dry weight of 12something, and gross of 16k. Actually loaded it weighs in around 15.5k (extra batteries, stuff, and water). Actual pin weight is 3550. I’m right on the spec’d capacity of my SRW. For any “mid-high end” 5er like a CC you really need a 1T to stay within weights; and a dually if you’re over ~35ft. Lots travel over their rear axle weights, I won’t recommend it but that’s your call. I’ve seen MANY that started out with an SRW and then weighed their rigs ready for travel and subsequently lost a bunch of money trading in their new SRW for a dually. Make sure you make an informed decision.
MNRon 01/05/20 04:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Larger 5th wheels in/on state and federal parks

Recognize your CC38efk is really 41ft long. We stay at a lot of state parks and some national ones. Our last 5er was 34’, and current one is 35ft...that was max length I wanted to go. Our length limits us somewhat, but not significantly. I do carry a pole saw because height can also be an issue. We haven’t traveled much in the NE where I suspect we’d be limited a little more but still doable. 41ft would be well beyond a lot of sites, but if you’re willing to stay at commercial parks I’m sure you can still always find something. If you wand state and national parks I’d look real hard at your need for >40ft. Regarding trucks, I assume you have a diesel dually 1T for the trailers you’re looking at.
MNRon 01/05/20 01:46pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hard tonneau covers and 5er hitch

Not a hard-too, but I’ve used a TonnoPro trifold for years on my 2013 Chevy SB. Works great, leave folded in front when traveling and flop it back over the hitch when 5ers disconnected.
MNRon 12/24/19 07:57am Fifth-Wheels
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