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RE: 25% grade? Amicalola Falls GA

I have a one-block hill near home that is probably 25%, maybe a little more. I tried it once towing my fifth wheel, and I had a traction problem with rear wheels slipping. My total weight is 20,000 lbs., with (a guess) 5,000 lbs. on the rear wheels, which would make 25% on rear wheels. To have enough traction for that grade I think that I need to add 500 or 1,000 lbs. to the bed. (That would be no problem for a F350.) Anyway, to avoid slippage going uphill on a 25% grade, I think it would be a good idea to have the rear wheels carry 30% or more of the combined weight.
RoyF 03/21/22 03:40pm Roads and Routes
RE: 90 gal. Aux fuel tank below bed rails. Help.

I have a 100-gallon aluminum auxiliary diesel tank that has been sitting unused for a few years. It's a KSH, which is located in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. I would love to get rid or it. It looks exactly like the 100-gallon tanks shown on KSH's website. Here's the story. A year after it was installed in a Ford F350 diesel, I started to have fuel blockage problems. Mechanics could never find anything wrong with the truck's fuel system, and it only happened when I was drawing fuel from the auxiliary tank. I finally just gave up and removed the tank, and I never had another fuel blockage. I installed a Transfer-Flow tank and just stored the KSH. After removing the tank and draining it, I looked inside and saw what looked like a marble, or maybe a large ball bearing. It must have been dropped in by accident. (Or was it done by someone as a prank?) That ball must have been rolling around during travel, and now and then it would come to rest over the fuel outlet where it would create a blockage. I'm sure that was the problem all along. There is the problem of shipping, but if you are interested, please send me a private message.
RoyF 03/19/22 03:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RVing in 2022

No change is planned. I traveled to Alaska when diesel was $4++ and it won't stop me now.
RoyF 03/12/22 09:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Lost Cruise Control

The cruise control on my four-wheeler stopped working and I did not know why. Some time later, one of the anti-skid sensors failed. Mechanic said that the weakening anti-skid sensor generated an error message, causing the computer to disable the cruise control. So there are all kinds of ways that something can go wrong on a modern automobile.
RoyF 03/02/22 04:43pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Dog attack in Lancaster CA

A few years ago, I was attacked by a pit bull. I came off lucky -- only a bite in the thigh. I was able to stay on my feet until the owner could pull the dog off, exclaiming "he's never done that before". When I contacted my representative on my city council about a possible city ordinance to limit pit bulls, I was told there was a strong pro-pit-bull lobby that would make it impossible to pass such an ordinance.
RoyF 02/23/22 09:57am General RVing Issues
RE: Santa Fe-Taos and Flagstaff suggestions please

Flagstaff: while there is a lot of carping on the forum about KOA, I have found the Flagstaff KOA a satisfactory place to spend a few days.
RoyF 02/15/22 07:13am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bed Rail Clearance?

The clearance over bed rails is going to depend on your hitch. I bought a 2021 Ford F350 in 2021 with a factory installed Reese hitch. I found that I needed to raise the hitch to its highest setting. (The Reese owner's manual explained how to do that -- remove some bolts, move the top part of the hitch up to align with higher holes, re-torque the bolts.) Now I have six-inch clearance. I don't know which hitch brands have the greatest height above the truck bed, but that's what we need to get clearance.
RoyF 02/10/22 08:25am Fifth-Wheels
Some finally charged with catalytic converter theft

My Sunday newspaper reported that a federal grand jury has indicted seven southwest Missouri residents accused of stealing thousands of catalytic converters. Investigators estimate the suspects stole tens of thousands of catalytic converters and received $6.8 million from an Arkansas company between Dec 12, 2019 to Oct. 15, 2021. No information yet about whether the receiving company is to be charged.
RoyF 02/01/22 07:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: When using a vault toilet….

This is a slow winter day so I'll join in. Wipe off the seat before sitting. Don't toss cans or bottles in. Wipe off the seat after sitting -- you may have soiled the seat while wiping. Close the lid.
RoyF 01/27/22 09:04am General RVing Issues
New to Chromebook: very basic question

I've always been a Mac user, but I just bought a Chromebook for RV travel. I'm getting the hang of it, but I have a few basic questions. When I turn it on, it wants me to enter my (complicated) Google password. I would like to turn that off (which I can on my Macs), since it will be used in the RV and there are no kids, relatives, co-workers, etc., to look at my (boring) emails. Another question: can the Chrome browser have more than one window open? (I don't see menus -- "file", "edit", "view",... -- that I am accustomed to when I use Chrome on my Mac.)
RoyF 01/22/22 10:59am Technology Corner
How to navigate Los Angles to Long Beach?

I've only driven straight through Los Angles on I-5, but next summer I plan to visit Long Beach: 101 Golden Shore Drive, near the aquarium. If I approach on I-15, both Garmin and Google Maps pick the same route: I-15 to I-210 to I-605 to I-105 to I-710 to Golden Shore Drive. I will be pulling a 35-foot fifth-wheel and plan to come in on a Saturday afternoon. Looking at the map, I-15 to I-10 to I-710 is possible. So is I-15 to CA 91 to I-710. Is the Garmin route likely to be as good as those? (I understand that slow traffic is always a possibility in any city on any freeway.)
RoyF 01/02/22 04:25pm Roads and Routes
RE: Slide out broken

Fuses can blow, but I sometimes have to reattach a wire that has come loose. It can happen at the motor running the hydraulic pump.
RoyF 12/28/21 06:56am Tech Issues
RE: Things to see Places to stay South to North Indiana

The Menno-Hof visitor center in Shipshewana is a very interesting look into Mennonite history and culture. I'm not religious myself, but I enjoyed the well-done presentation of Mennonite and Amish history and culture.
RoyF 12/26/21 09:22am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Advise around Dallas/Ft. Worth

Speaking as an outsider who visits the area a few times a year, I would be much more comfortable taking the secondary roads from Weatherford through Decatur to Gainesville, then US 82 all the way to De Kalb. Texas secondary roads are usually in good condition, about as fast as the interstates, and very much less congested.
RoyF 12/10/21 07:03am Roads and Routes
RE: New Reese hitch; confused about unhitching.

from the OP: I have now hitched and unhitched successfully with the new Reese. It's model 30852, and is different from any other hitch that I have used. I like it. To unhitch, I pull the arm out to 9 o'clock, but that does not open the jaws. You then rotate the arm clockwise to 10 o'clock. That opens the jaws. While still hitched with the kingpin pressing on the hitch, the arm will remain at 10 o'clock and the jaws remain open. When you pull away from the kingpin the arm returns to 9 o'clock and the jaws close. When I was playing with the arm before trying to hitch up, there was no kingpin pressure on the hitch, the arm would not remain at 10 0'clock and the jaws would not remain open. That's what got me confused. Also, the jaws are supposed to be closed when hitching. They are designed to open up as the kingpin moves into the hitch. That's different from what I'm used to. This hitch is what Reese sent me to replace the Ford factory-installed hitch that I damaged by backing too hard into the trailer. I reported that in a earlier post, hoping to warm people that backing too hard can ruin a 5-th wheel hitch.
RoyF 11/29/21 04:21pm Fifth-Wheels
New Reese hitch; confused about unhitching.

I have just purchased a new Reese 5th-wheel hitch on my 2021 Ford F350 with puck system. I have not yet tried to hitch the trailer because I don't want to screw up. With the arm pulled out, the Reese jaw remains in the closed position. (Hitches that I have used in the past all had the jaw in open position.) When the kingpin comes in contact with the jaw while backing slowly, I hope that pressure of the kingpin will open the jaw. My real question is about unhitching. The instructions say to pull the arm out to the click position and then rotate it toward the truck. By playing with the hitch, I see that rotation of the arm opens the jaw. OK, so far. But the arm does not want to remain in the rotated position, so the jaw closes again. Even though the jaw is closed, the instructions say that the trailer is now unhitched. Will the jaws open to release the kingpin when I drive forward? That's what I to know before I try hitching up.
RoyF 11/28/21 03:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RVs over 10 years old are valueless

Whadda ya mean, I'm too old? There're plenty of miles in me yet!
RoyF 11/27/21 10:24am General RVing Issues
Damaged 5er hitch by backing too hard

I've been hitching up for many years with no problem until this summer. The hitch head is supposed to be a little higher than the kingpin. But this time, it must have been several inches higher. As I slowly backed into the kingpin the truck was stopped by the pin box, which did not rise up to engage. I pressed the gas pedal a little with no result. Now the big mistake: I pressed the gas pedal a little bit more. This time, the 2021 F350 (with 1,000 foot-pounds of torque) lurched back and made a very hard impact with the trailer. The upshot was that both my front jacks and my (brand new) hitch head were damaged. The jacks would operate, but only slowly (the motor was really struggling). The hitch release arm could be pulled out only by rigging up a hydraulic jack. Total cost: more than $1,000. Don't do what I did. If your pin box does not lift up to engage easily as you are slowly backing then get out and raise the pin box.
RoyF 11/23/21 07:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fuel tank recommendation.

I have used both KSH and Transfer Flow. The essential difference is that Transfer Flow automatically pumps its fuel into the main tank as needed. With KSH you manually switch between truck's tank and the KSH tank. (You don't want either tank to run dry.) I liked the Transfer Flow because you can relax and forget about how much fuel is in which tank -- you just monitor the combined total. Transfer Flow has a number of authorized installers around the country.
RoyF 11/15/21 08:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: RVs over 10 years old are valueless

My 2008 Hitchhiker II is well maintained and much better built than the new stuff, so I'm sticking with it. However, I have been rejected only a couple of times. People like us need to shop around a little harder to find places that will condescend to our lowly level but which are not entirely trailer-trash.
RoyF 11/11/21 03:34pm General RVing Issues
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