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RE: Is anyone towing with a Chevy/GMC 1/2 ton 3.0L Diesel?

The 3.0 l diesel makes 277 hp and the 6.2 l gas makes 420 hp. You probably will not be happy with the small diesel when towing.
RCMAN46 06/23/20 07:57pm Towing
RE: Slide out doesn't work

Look under the slide. you should see two large gear racks and a tube that has what looks like a beer can on the end. That is the lineal actuator for the slide. On the end which will be inside the trailer frame is the gear box. It will be almost on the other side of the trailer inline with this tube. That is where you cut a small slit and reach up a feel around and you should feel the gear box and motor. The actuator is about 6 feet or so long when not extended. you should see two large gear racks and a tube that has what looks like a beer can on the end. That is the lineal actuator for the slide. On the end which will be inside the trailer frame is the gear box. It will be almost on the other side of the trailer inline with this tube. That is where you cut a small slit and reach up a feel around and you should feel the gear box and motor. The actuator is about 6 feet or so long when not extended. This assumes you have a Lippert slide. Sounds like you have stripped a gear. You can get a steel gear replacement or buy the motor and gear box.
RCMAN46 06/15/20 03:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: CAT Scale results - advice needed

I think I found the OP's trailer.. SE 301BHSE
RCMAN46 06/15/20 03:17pm Towing
RE: Sulastic spring shackles

The Sulastic has a mechanical stop when a heavy load is applied. I have found that my fifth wheel has enough load that the Sulastic is on the mechanical stop. But the Sulastic works fantastic when the trailer is not attached.
RCMAN46 06/09/20 10:34am Truck Campers
RE: Generic questions about 5-ers

A consideration not mentioned. There will be some stair climbing in a fifth wheel as opposed to a flat floor in a motor home. This is a deal killer for some. The distance from the ground to the floor is about the same for a 5th wheel and motor home. But there is the climb from the floor to the front of the 5th wheel that the motor home does not have. There are 5th wheels with a additional bathroom at main floor level. This will reduce the trip to the upper floor once a day to go to bed. 2 bath 5th Wheel
RCMAN46 06/05/20 07:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Generic questions about 5-ers

"Are they hard to maneuver, park, drive, navigating gas stations etc?" One very big difference between a 5th wheel and a Motor home with a toad attached. It is virtually impossible to back a motor home with a toad attached. where as no problem with a 5th wheel. I can remember my father making a mistake and getting in a situation where he had to disconnect the toad.
RCMAN46 06/04/20 08:18am Fifth-Wheels
RE: fifth wheel backing trouble

Practice! X2 With some practice you will be able to put a 5th wheel in as tight of a spot if not tighter than you could with the bumper pull trailer.
RCMAN46 05/30/20 08:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tire Balance

If a tire is properly dynamic balanced there may be weights on both the inside and outside. Often the weights on the inside will not be in the same location as the outside. That is how the dynamic balance is achieved.
RCMAN46 05/30/20 07:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tool box in a long bed? This tool box is in a short box Chevrolet. I chose it as it has room under the tool box so I can carry full sheets of plywood or sheet-rock. I also store things under the tool box like tire chains and a set of 12 ton jack stands when towing. The tonneau cover starts at the tool box. It is in the rolled storage position now. The tonneau cover clears my hitch when deployed. So far after 15 years of towing with two fifth wheel trailers clearance to the tool box and rolled up tonneau cover has not been a problem.
RCMAN46 05/24/20 10:18am Fifth-Wheels
RE: The Long Trailer

That was one of the greatest RV movies. The trailer was 36 feet long. I went up the Whitney Portal Road featured in the film. A steep road with some 14 percent grade and 5 miles at 9 percent. Elevation at the top is 8389 ft.
RCMAN46 05/22/20 06:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: Leveling Blocks vs jack pads

Well finally got them done. Since I'm still in lock down wasn't in any hurry. It was what I call a rummage project. I rummaged through my assortment of junk and found a little of this and a little of that. Found some nice nylon cord, but it wasn't thick enough to suite me, so I braided 3 strands together for my pulls/handles. Cut the boards 10" along with scrap plywood, glued & screwed, as suggested. Drilled a 1/4' hole into a 9/16 hole. slide the twine into the 1/4" hole & up through the top. Tied a knot in the twine and pulled back into the larger hole. Did this on both sided then filled the holes with Gorilla glue. This should do the trick. I made a similar set of blocks with a 12 inch square 3/4 outdoor plywood and two pieces of 2x6 pressure treated wood. Mine are not as pretty but yours look very nice. One thing I learned that caught me totally off guard. I was in a hurry and did not put the blocks in the 5th wheel basement but instead set them in the bed of my truck. As I was going down the highway at about 55 mph I heard a noise and looked in my mirror to see one of the blocks fly out of the bed and go under my trailer. The block ripped a hole in my trailer belly and a semi truck following me hit and destroyed the block. I am sure the trucker was not happy and fortunately for me did no harm to the semi.
RCMAN46 05/22/20 09:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Tire issue

This is where your tires are headed for. This was a Maxxis M8008 that was on my utility trailer. At the time of this failure the tire was a spare as the year before the mate had failed. When the mate failed I had the tire shop inspect this tire very closely and elected to buy two new tires and keep this one as a spare. The tire was inside the trailer as a spare and as I was preparing for a trip and loading the trailer I noticed this problem.
RCMAN46 05/22/20 09:16am Tow Vehicles
Returned Harbor Freight recalled Jack Stands

Harbor Freight just published a Jack Stand Recall. Jack Stand Recall I returned mine yesterday with no problem from Harbor Freight. I did not have to have a receipt only the jack stands. I am posting this again as I consider it a very important safety issue. I use the Active filter on this site and it appears if a discussion is closed it no longer appears under the Active filter. Not everybody that has one of these jack stands will get an email from Harbor Freight as I did. Example if you purchased the stands at a garage or estate sale you would not get an email. Hopefully the 1/2 dozen or so members of this forum will refrain from making comments that have nothing to do with the safety issue so other members will learn about this safety issue and dispose of the defective jack stands.
RCMAN46 05/21/20 09:25am Tech Issues
RE: If getting 'Service Temporarily Unavailable!'

Also is more reliable . X2 since I started using the Good Sam site my problem is gone.
RCMAN46 05/15/20 09:27am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Android vs Apple

For the older generation which many of us qualify I would recommend the Iphone. It has one feature I think is very valuable for the older crowd that allows their children to keep track of them. That feature is find my phone. Recently I had a good friend that was involved in a serious traffic accident in a remote section of Nevada. With the find my phone application his son was able to determine were his father was right down to which building he was in which proved to be a hospital in a small town in Nevada.
RCMAN46 05/03/20 08:51am Technology Corner
RE: Wet bolt kit recommendation

Check each wet bolt and make sure it has been completely drilled. When I did mine I had a couple bolts that would not take grease. After removing those bolts I discovered they had not been completely drilled. Problem solved with a drill. Sorry it was several years ago and I am not sure which kit I used.
RCMAN46 04/27/20 05:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Slider hitch - How to Question

To the OP. Were you on level ground and the trailer directly behind the truck. You should be backing and pulling forward in a straight line. I have an 18K Reese Elite slider and have never had any problems sliding my hitch.
RCMAN46 04/27/20 10:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Prodigy Brake Control ?

"Simply unplug P2 from wiring harness and plug in P3, simple as that!!!" Unfortunately not entirely true. The P3 uses a different mounting bracket than the P2 but changing the brackets should not be very difficult. The P3 has better diagnostics than the P2. I like the current reading the P3 gives you. If you have the standard electric brakes as most of us have the current delivered with most 4 wheel brakes systems is 1 amp for each volt applied. From this a broken wheel magnet wire can be detected. I check my current reading vs voltage with the manual lever before my trips each morning along with all of my TPMS readings.
RCMAN46 04/21/20 10:09am Towing

Rear tires are 80 psi cold, I've seen it as high as 95 psi summer ambient 95 F highway towing a 5th wheel trailer. 2005 2500 Chevrolet.
RCMAN46 04/14/20 09:41am Truck Campers
RE: GM trucks outsell Ford first quarter !

Ford 186,562 Chevy 143,698 Ram 128,805 I noticed you conveniently left off the GMC GMC 53,009 Total GM 196,707
RCMAN46 04/03/20 10:00am Tow Vehicles
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